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Shortlist unveiled for prestigious London Planning Awards

05 November 2013

Chonham Farm London Planning AwardsAn initiative to address short-term homelessness in London has been nominated for Best Conceptual Project at the annual London Planning Awards, taking place on 4 February 2014, at City Hall. Pop-up HAWSE was developed in Hackney to provide temporary homes for people who find themselves at the bottom of housing waiting lists.

The initiative will be up against such proposals as (pictured) Chobham Farm, a new development providing 1,000 new homes close to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and One Woolwich a project to develop three former council estates in Greenwich to provide 1,500 new homes.

Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards are the “Oscars” of the planning and development sector, celebrating the outstanding contribution of planners to the capital’s urban renaissance.

St Pancras International, the UK’s rail gateway to European destinations and the Royal Festival Hall, transformed in 2007 are both in contention for Best Built Project – Five Years On. This award allows previous winners of the London Planning Awards to be able to showcase good practice and applicability long after they have left the drawing board.

This year’s entries have again been to a high standard and allow for an appreciation of the kind of schemes London is capable of producing, from large scale infrastructure to management of historic buildings.

Other contenders shortlisted this year include The William Morris Gallery & Gardens in Walthamstow, The North East Quadrant on Euston Road, Brown Hart Gardens, an elevated public square in Mayfair, and Van Gogh Walk in Lambeth, a new community street.

Contenders are nominated by the property sector with the final shortlist judged by a panel of experts from the GLA, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils. The awards will be presented by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, at a ceremony at City Hall on 4 February 2014 attended by leading developers and prominent local government officials.

Mayor of London

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“The standard of entries in this year’s London Planning Awards is incredibly high. By thinking boldly and innovatively, planners are helping to transform every corner of this fantastic city, making it an even more attractive place to live, work and invest in. I am looking forward to taking a closer look at this year’s entries so I can see at first-hand how these developments are contributing to London’s urban renaissance.”

London First

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“The nominations for this year’s London Planning Awards showcase the remarkable variety in the capital’s planning system, with a range of exceptional developments across all categories. Our built environment is vital if London is to succeed in meeting the challenges ahead but as this shortlist of developments shows, the strength of this sector in our capital is more than capable of keeping London a world class city.”


Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The awards feature an exciting and diverse shortlist showcasing the depth and breadth of experience of London’s planners. Whether it’s tackling homelessness, creating great places that we can all enjoy or revamping town centres, the shortlist shows how planners are helping to make London an even better place to live, work or visit. Its work of this kind that shows the added value that planning brings to the lives of people.”

London Councils 

London Councils’ Executive Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, Councillor Chris Roberts said:

“These awards show just how much great work is being done by boroughs working in partnership with local communities, developers and other public agencies to shape their communities and build a real sense of place. All the shortlisted projects are fantastic examples of how London is rising to meet the challenge of a growing population whilst making the city a more liveable and inspiring place to be.”

Full shortlist 

A full list of shortlisted entries is below:

Best Built Project-Sponsored by CBRE

  • 62 Buckingham Gate, Victoria – Swanke Hayden Connell Architects – London Borough of Westminster
  • East Village, Stratford – East Village – London Borough of Newham
  • The Glass Mill, Brockley – Barratt London, LA Architects Ltd and Pellikaan Construction – London Borough of Lewisham
  • Maple Quays, Canada Water – Barrett London- London Borough of Lewisham
  • The North East Quadrant, Regents Place – British Land – London Borough of Camden

Best Built Project – Community Scale Scheme- Sponsored by Land Securities

  • Boxtree Lane, Harrow Weald – Origin Housing – London Borough of Harrow
  • Raines Foundation School, Bethnal Green – Astudio – London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Van Gogh Walk, Stockwell – London Borough of Lambeth – London Borough of Lambeth

Best Conceptual Project- Sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner

  • Chobham Farm, Stratford – Leyton Road – Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects – London Borough of Newham
  • Copley Close Regeneration, London Borough of Ealing Housing & Regeneration – London Borough of Ealing
  • One Woolwich, Maryon Road – Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects – London Borough of Greenwich
  • Pop up Hawse – Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd – London Borough of Hackney

Best New Place to Live

  • Chester Balmore, Highgate – London Borough of Camden – London Borough of Camden
  • East Village, Stratford – East Village – London Borough of Newham
  • Hale Village Regeneration Project, Tottenham Hale – Newlon Housing Trust – London Borough of Haringey
  • The Move, St John’s Wood – Origin Housing – London Borough of Camden
  • St Andrews Masterplan, Bromley-by-Bow – Allies and Morrison – London Borough of Newham

Best New Public Space-Sponsored by Hogan Lovells

  • Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair – BDP – London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Van Gogh Walk, Stockwell – London Borough of Lambeth – London Borough of Lambeth
  • Woolwich Squares, Woolwich – Gustafson Porter – London Borough of Greenwich

Best Built Project – Five Years On- Sponsored by GVA

  • Bankside 1, 2, 3, Southwark – Allies and Morrison – London Borough of Lambeth
  • Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street – Ballymore Properties – London Borough of Hackney
  • The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, Allies and Morrison – London Borough of Lambeth
  • St Pancras International, King’s Cross – HS1 Limited – London Borough of Camden

Best Historic Building Management-Sponsored by English Heritage

  • Duke Street Apartments, Mayfair – Grosvenor – London Borough of Westminster
  • New Pavilion Portico at the Oval, Kennington – ADAM Architecture – London Borough of Lambeth
  • Restoring Roehampton’s Heritage – St James Group Ltd – London Borough of Wandsworth
  • The William Morris Gallery & Gardens, Walthamstow – London Borough of Waltham Forest – London Borough of Waltham Forest

Best Town Centre Project-Sponsored by Turley Associates

  • Woolwich Central, Woolwich – Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners – London Borough of Greenwich
  • Woolwich Squares, Woolwich – Gustafson Porter – London Borough of Greenwich

New Award – London Planning & Development Person of the Year 2013-Sponsored by Edelman

  • Stuart Robinson, Executive Director, Planning – CBRE
  • Jon Abbott, Project Director Elephant & Castle – London Borough of Southwark
  • Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director – Gensler London
  • David Gavin, Director – Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
  • Alastair Smart, Head of Development and Project Management – The Crown Estate

Background information

The London Planning Awards, now in their tenth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the RTPI and London Councils, although entry is 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.

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 Councils represents London’s 32 borough councils and the City of London. It is a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of its member authorities regardless of political persuasion.