London's development industry must do more to improve diversity levels to better reflect the city it builds in, said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, in a keynote address today to over 700 built environment professionals.
Mayor Khan also said that good design should be the rule, not the exception, and promised to make a start on fixing the housing crisis in his speech at the presentation of the New London Awards at the Guildhall, organised by New London Architecture (NLA).
The Mayor presented the Mayor’s Prize to Karakusevic Carson Architects, Henley Halebrown and Muf Architecture/Art for LB Hackneyfor their work on the Kings Crescent Estate in Hackney.
Sadiq Khan said:“This year my prize focuses on celebrating diversity and promoting a built environment for all Londoners. The Kings Crescent Estate is a great example of how estate regeneration can preserve existing diverse communities and support them through periods of change. The project team has rejected the ‘knock it all down and start again’ approach in favour of meaningful local engagement, combining sensitive refurbishment together with new buildings and great design, which has created a neighbourhood local people can be proud of.”
The estate provides an alternative model to large-scale estate regeneration and was chosen because it best reflected The Mayor’s ambition for supporting diversity in London, as expressed through his Good Growth by Design programme. It caters for different needs, aiming to restore community pride in the area by renovating existing buildings and creating 490 new homes, of which 79 will be for social rent and 115 for shared ownership.
The New London Awards recognise projects that make a real contribution to the capital’s wider social and economic wellbeing – helping to make it a better place in which to live, work and play. Now in their 8thyear, they are organised annually by New London Architecture (NLA), London’s independent centre for the built environment.
The Overall Winner of the Awards was London Bridge Station, by Grimshaw for Network Rail, praised as a ‘wonderful job’ by Sadiq Khan, and which was also awarded the Sustainability Prize. The long-running project – one of the most complex and ambitious rail station redevelopments in the UK – was praised for its impressive scale and complexity, the improvement it has made for passengers and for having sustainability as a key driving factor in both its design and construction.
The project’s sustainability strategy reduced carbon emissions by using reinforcement steel with 98% recycled content. This saved 8,353 tonnes of CO2. Intelligent escalator controls reduce energy use during off-peak hours, with annual savings of 36.46 tonnes of CO2.
The station will accommodate a significant increase in passenger numbers, with three ‘through’ platforms and a spacious concourse. The international jury praised it as:“A truly public project – an amazing piece of new infrastructure delivered in a complex site, that is transformational for London”.
The New Londoner of the Year award was presented to Croydon borough council chief executive Jo Negrini, who stressed that London must work hard to retain its strong series of different identities and places in a year when ‘identity’ was the theme of the London Festival of Architecture. The daughter of an Italian immigrant, Negrini said she adores the city, and praised the ongoing work in the name of public service that has permeated this year’s awards from local authorities. ‘I love London’, she said. ‘I’m obviously not fromLondon, but I love working in London and the work I do in London. And the reason is that it’s a place of different identities; it’s not just one, it’s many. But what’s important for me is public service, and that drives what I do. We choose to be in it because it’s important for the city’. The term ‘regeneration’, however, is not what it once was, having acquired negative overtones from the public’s perspective recently. The answer, said Negrini, was for developers to answer one question: about what impact that scheme might have on the people who live there now, ‘not just the people you’re building for. That’s what’s important; and why we do what we do.
The People’s Choice award, voted for by Londoners in an online poll, was Walthamstow Wetlands, by Witherford Watson Mann Architects and Kinnear Landscape Architects for LB Waltham Forest, Thames Water and London Wildlife Trust.
Other winning projects across the 15 categories include: Hackney Town Hall E8 by HawkinsBrown for LB Hackney; Gospel Oak Infill Site NW5 by Burd Haward Architects Ltd for LB Camden; Caxton Works E16 by Studio Egret West for U+I plc, Bloomberg London EC4 by Foster + Partners for Bloomberg LP; White Collar Factory EC1 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for Derwent London; Canal Corridor, King's Cross, N1 by Townshend Landscape Architects for Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership and Spiritland N1by Fraher Architects for Spirtland.
All shortlisted and winning projects reflected high-quality design, contributing to place-making and improving the social, cultural and economic character of places in the capital and will feature in an exhibition at the NLA Galleries at The Building Centre, London WC1, from 14 July - October 2018, and in a special publication – available to download here for free.
The New London Awards are supported by the Mayor of London and sponsored by Airflow, designjunction, Hoare Lea, IFC Group, London Communications Agency, Savills, Urban Space Management and Wicona.
View all the winners here.
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