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Regeneration and affordable housing schemes highlighted in London Planning Awards shortlist

19 September 2007

Shortlisted developments King's Cross and Brent Cross will address two of the capital's longest-standing challenges, transforming large areas of London with mixed-use (business, homes and leisure development). Together, the schemes will provide another 10,000 homes for the capital.

A new category, 'Excellence in Affordable Housing Delivery', showcases the best social housing schemes, setting high standards across London.

The awards, run jointly by the Mayor of London, London First and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), were established to recognise outstanding achievements in planning by individuals and organisations that have made a special contribution towards London's future.

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said:

''London is a growing city, and good planning is essential for all the capital's needs from iconic new office buildings to housing for our most vulnerable citizens. We need planners with vision to create world class neighbourhoods in which to live, work and visit so that London remains a world class city. I am delighted to see that many of this year's entries do just that. The new affordable housing category recognises a particular challenge facing 21st century London, yet all of the entries are painting a new future for our capital."

The award categories, finalists and sponsors are as follows:
Best Conceptual Project (sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner)
o Haringey Council - The Tottenham Hale Urban Centre Masterplan (SPD), Haringey Council
o Kings Cross Central, Argent (King's Cross) Ltd
o The Oxford, Regent and Bond Street Action Plan, Gillespies LLP
o Brent Cross Cricklewood - a New Town Centre, The Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners
o One Gallions, Crest Nicholson, BioRegional Quintain Estates & Dev plc
o Section 106 Strategy, London Borough of Southwark

Best Built Project (sponsored by CB Richard Ellis)
o Cardinal Place, EPR Architects Ltd
o White Hart Lane Sixth Form Centre Haringey, London Borough of Haringey
o New Street Square EC4, Land Securities

Best Personal Contribution to London (sponsored by GVA Grimley)
o Brian Waters entered by Andrew Rogers Planning
o Bob West entered by CB Richard Ellis

Best Community-based Planning Initiative (sponsored by Land Securities)
o Somerset Court, St. Mary & St. Pancras School, Unite Group Plc & London Diocesan Bd.
o Spa Fields, London Borough of Islington and EC1 New Deal for Communities

Best New Public Space (sponsored by Lovells)
o Monument Yard, City of London Corporation
o Queen Street Central Plaza, City of London Corporation
o Bishops Square, Hammerson PLC

Excellence in Affordable Housing Delivery (sponsored by The Housing Corporation)
o Rubicon , London & Quadrant Housing Trust
o Crossways, Tower Hamlets, Swan Housing Group
o Timber Wharf, JLP

The awards will be presented at City Hall on 15 January 2008, with an introduction by the Mayor of London.

(The Mayor's Award for Planning Excellence will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in January)

For further information, please contact:
Graham Capper on 020 7665 1505 / 07983 611 227
Lauren Preteceille 020 7665 1471 / 07977 297 811

Notes to Editors
1. The London Planning Awards, now in their fifth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First and the RTPI, although are open to non members of London First and the RTPI. Local authorities, consultants, community groups, developers, public agencies, partnerships and other teams are eligible to enter. Applicants may enter their own work or be nominated
2. Visual materials including logos and pictures of shortlisted entries, previous winners and the 2006 Awards ceremony at City Hall are available upon request. Please contact London First for more details
3. London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure
4. London First delivers its activities with the support of 300 of the capital's major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London's higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London's GDP.
5. The RTPI is a dynamic organisation leading the way in the creation of places that work now and in the future. We understand that just as people develop places, so places develop people. We are committed to the enhancement of our natural and human environment, using spatial planning to manage competing pressures on our built environments and the very real effects on our space. Through our 20,000 members, we constantly seek to create areas and places in which people want to live and work.
For further general information, visit the RTPI website at:
41 Botolph Lane, London, EC3R 8DL, charity no. 262865