NLA opens submissions for New London Awards to find the capital’s best built and proposed projects of 2013

Wednesday 27 February 2013

Press Release: NLA opens its annual London-wide awards to entries on Wednesday 27 February, to recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital.

Both built and unbuilt projects across all sectors of the built environment are eligible for entry to the New London Awards, and will be judged by an eminent panel of international experts in the fields of urban planning, property and design. 

The jury will be looking for schemes of the highest design quality that demonstrate a positive impact on their surroundings and make a wider contribution to life in the city. Unbuilt projects can be at any stage of design or construction, whether at concept-stage or currently on site, while built projects should have been completed within the last two years.   

Awards cover all sectors of the built environment: from individual homes to hotels; museums and galleries to masterplans; office interiors and buildings to outside spaces; stations to stadia; schools and universities to service infrastructure; retrofit and restoration to retail interiors; and healthcare facilities to meanwhile projects.   

Winning and commended schemes will be announced on 11 July at NLA’s Annual Lunch at the Guildhall – attended by over 500 of the capital’s leading public and private sector professionals and decision-makers across development, design, planning and construction. All shortlisted projects will be featured in NLA’s year-round New London exhibition at The Building Centre and in a special publication.   

The New London Awards are now in their third year, with previous winners including King’s Cross station, the Olympic Legacy Communities Masterplan, Barking Central and the London 2012 Velodrome. Again, this year judges will be seeking projects that contribute to and enhance NLA’ s vision for New London: a city that is sustainable, civilised and egalitarian, that seeks to improve the quality and standards of new design and that respects its rich mix of old and new, that supports the regeneration of its towns, and that strives to improve the usability of its streets and public spaces. Commended and winning projects will be those that are considered to contribute most to their urban environment through design excellence, show careful respect of local context, and demonstrate innovative and efficient use of resources in their construction, maintenance and proposed lifespan.   

Deadline for entries is Friday 26 April 2013.   

Full details of awards categories, judging criteria and entry forms can be downloaded here     

Notes to editors   

Awards categories
 Conservation & Retrofit – The restoration and reuse of buildings; be it historic restorations, contemporary insertions or recycled buildings where efficient use is made of existing fabric and embodied energy. 

– Educational establishments of all kinds – nurseries, schools, academies, universities – where design improves the learning experience. 

Health and Care 
– Projects improving the health of Londoners, young and old, from healthcare facilities to housing for an ageing population. 

 – The best examples of individual new houses across the capital. 

– Projects that enhance the overnight offer for tourists and business people staying in the capital. 

– Plans that demonstrate placemaking at its best – area-wide regeneration and new parts of the city. 

Office Buildings 
– Office buildings that generate positive form for the city – exemplary places of work that meet the needs of businesses, technology and the individual. 

Office Interiors 
– Commercial fit-out projects that create efficient and inspiring working environments. 

Public Buildings 
– Museums, art galleries and theatres, community buildings such as libraries and youth centres and sports facilities of all kinds – places that attract or provide services to local visitors and tourists. 

Public Spaces 
– New spaces, rediscovered spaces and parts of London that have been given new life by some TLC to the public realm, be it improvements to streets, squares, playgrounds, waterspaces or parks. 

Residential sponsored by M3 Consulting 
– Multi-unit residential developments of any tenure – from super prime to social housing – creating exemplary new places for people to live. 

Retail Interiors 
– Shops, restaurants and bars with innovative interiors; well-designed projects that enhance London’s retail and leisure offer. 

The Temporary 
– Recognising meanwhile uses, temporary installations and initiatives aimed at enlivening spaces, places and high streets across the capital. 

Transport & Infrastructure sponsored by Bircham Dyson Bell 
– Transport projects and related architecture that both enhance the experience of moving around the city and add to the quality of the environment, and infrastructure projects – water, waste, energy, SUDS – that will help London work more efficiently and sustainably.  

Jury members
Peter Murray, Chairman, NLA (chair) 
Dominique Alba, Director, Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme, Paris 
David J Burney, Commissioner, New York City Department of Design and Construction 
Hugo Macdonald, Editor, Monocle 
Riccardo Marini, Senior Consultant, Gehl Architects 
Monica von Schmalensee, CEO/VD, Partner, White 
Debbie Whitfield, Director, NLA

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