19 winners announced across 15 categories representing all sectors of the built environment.
NLA today honoured the capitalʼs very best architecture, planning and development as they announced the winners of the New London Awards at a lunchtime ceremony at the Guildhall in the City.
The New London Awards celebrate the best schemes in the capital, both built and on the drawing board, temporary and permanent – giving recognition to the impact projects have on their surroundings and their contribution to London as well as to their architectural quality.
King's Cross Central, by Allies and Morrison & Porphyrios Associates for King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership, was awarded the prestigious ‘Overall Winner’ accolade: deemed by the judges to be succeeding in forging a new unique character and sense of place whilst utilising the area's rich industrial heritage. King's Cross Central's win was symptomatic of an overall theme this year - a push to sensitively revitalise a historic environment [such as the Old Vinyl Factory site, and Battersea Power Station]. Record numbers of entries were submitted to the Conservation & Retrofit category, showing a real appetite for this area.
NLA Chairman and Chair of the jury Peter Murray, announcing the awards to some 680 guests at NLAʼs sell-out Annual Lunch, said: “I like to think that the Awards celebrate the best in the capital whether winners or not but our international jury was particularly impressed by the no-nonsense approach adopted by the project teams responsible for Hayes Primary School and Tybalds Estate Regeneration. Amid a period when design in education is facing myriad pressures, not the least of them political, we are seeing perhaps the last vestiges of the good design that comes from proper education building funding. Likewise, in these straitened times, the imperative to conserve what you’ve got rather than spend on the new is a logical and sustainable one, exemplified by the sensitive regeneration of Tybalds Estate.”
There was acclaim, too, for Roger Madelin CBE, joint chief executive of Argent, who scooped the ‘New Londoner of the Year’ award in recognition of his role in the ambitious King's Cross Central scheme – the largest regeneration project in Europe, widely considered a resounding success. With many elements completed, London is looking to the example set by this development, a lesson in creating a robust dialogue between a site's new and historic buildings that is key for our developing capital.
Across the Awards, a total of 33 prizes were handed out in 15 categories – 19 winners, one special award and 13 commendations. These were selected from over 320 built and unbuilt entries that together demonstrate the quality and innovation evident in projects being delivered across the capital, with 23 of London’s 33 boroughs featured on the shortlist.
Winners range from the 'A-list favourite' Chiltern Firehouse, to homes created in difficult infill sites, supporting the densification of the city, such as The Junction by Autor Architecture for Sunny Popat, Number 23 by MATT architecture LLP, and Mint Street in Bethnal Green by Pitman Tozer Architects for Peabody. The rewards of the 2012 Games are evident, with three schemes awarded, including the newly opened Tumbling Bay Play and Timber Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by erect architecture & LUC for LLDC, further proving the eficacy of the legacy.
Entries were once again judged by a panel of international experts in the fields of architecture and urban design, lending the process an objective view. The panel included David J Burney, Commissioner of New York Cityʼs Department of Design and Construction; Dominique Alba, Director of the Urban Planning Agency in Paris (APUR); Monica von Schmalensee, CEO/ VD, Partner of Swedish architectural firm White, and Riccardo Marini, City Design Leader of Edinburgh City Council and Senior Consultant for Gehl Architects in Copenhagen.
All shortlisted and winning projects will be on show in the NLA galleries at The Building Centre in central London in a year-round exhibition from August 2014 and are featured in a special publication available now.
The New London Awards 2014 are supported by the Mayor of London and sponsored by Broadgate Estates, The Cadogan Estate, Indigo Public Affairs, Luxonic Lighting, Pipers Design, Turley and Urban Space Management.
Photos of the event can be found here. Please credit Agnese Sanvito.