Over 150 projects have been shortlisted as London’s best and most innovative projects for the prestigious New London Architecture (NLA) New London Awards, supported by the Mayor of London. A key criterion for selection, which differentiates these from other awards, is that projects must make a real contribution to the capital's wider social and economic wellbeing.
The Awards recognise the best architecture, planning and construction schemes helping to make the capital a better place in which to live, work and play. From small community projects, green spaces and parks, to major housing schemes and masterplans, the 2018 shortlist shows a variety of scales that respond to the need of a global city. The key highlights of this year’s list were strong entries in the cultural building, office and transport sectors. There was also a strong showing from local authorities taking development into their own hands, not only in housing but also in the revitalisation of town halls.
NLA chairman and chairman of the judges Peter Murray said: “Our shortlist this year demonstrates not only the breadth of architectural talent working in London, but also constructive ways in which we can meet the Mayor’s ambition to deliver new development based on his concept of ‘good growth’.”
Cultural buildings within the shortlist include projects as varied as Witherford Watson Mann Architects’ Walthamstow Wetlands for LB Waltham Forest to Hopkins Architects’ Herne Hill Velodrome project for the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust. Haworth Tompkins’ Bridge Theatre is also joined in the conservation sector by the restoration of the Southbank Centre by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
Offices embracing new ways of working on the list include BuckleyGrayYeoman’s Herbal House for Allied London, Foster + Partners’ Bloomberg and 160 Old Street by Orms for The Great Ropemaker Partnership. And transport shortlisted projects include key London interchanges such as Weston Williamson + Partners’ transformative work at Paddington’s Elizabeth Line station and Grimshaw’s London Bridge for Network Rail. But there was also a nod to the work done by local authorities and estates with masterplans for Islington’s Andover estate by Studio Partington, LB Harrow’s Byron Quarter by Karakusevic Carson Architects, housing projects like The Bourne Estate by Matthew Lloyd Architects for LB Camden and town hall transformations including by Hawkins/Brown for LB Hackney and Cartwright Pickard for LB Lambeth.
Winners will be announced at The Guildhall on 4 July, at a ceremony with over 700 leading professionals and decision-makers in London. Shortlisted and winning projects will also feature in an exhibition at the NLA Galleries at The Building Centre, London WC1, from July-September 2018, and in a special publication.
The projects, both built and unbuilt, were chosen from 400 entries by a group of London expert assessors, with an international panel of architecture and urban design and planning experts from New York, Paris, Copenhagen and Edinburgh selecting the winners.
The shortlist, spanning 15 categories, includes projects that best reflect high-quality design and contribute to placemaking, improving the social, cultural and economic character of places in the capital. Among others, sustainability principles, consideration of long-term uses and innovation in skills and knowledge around the design, delivery and construction are the key criteria that the judges looked for in the entries.
A built and unbuilt winner will be chosen for each of the 15 categories, as well as the Overall Winner for the best project in London, and three Special Prizes:
The Mayor’s Prize will be awarded, in association with the Mayor of London, to the project that best reflects the Mayor’s ambition for ‘Supporting Diversity’ as expressed through the Good Growth by Design programme. Selected from submissions across all categories, it will award a project that is actively designed for different needs and promoted a built environment for all Londoners.
NLA are calling for the public to have their say and vote for their favourite building to win the People’s Choice award, part of London Festival of Architecture. This award celebrates what London means to Londoners, with all shortlisted schemes across all categories automatically included in the competition. Voting is open to the public now here.
Recognising the most sustainable projects in the capital, the Sustainability Prize will be awarded to schemes that show sustainable design solutions, an efficient use of materials, innovation and a low carbon footprint. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be an exemplar in creating a more sustainable low-carbon city.
Previous Overall Winners include Wickside by BUJ Architects and Ash Sakula, Peter Barber Architects’ homeless facilities Holmes Road Studios, King’s Cross Central by John McAslan + Partners, the Black Cultural Archives by Pringle Richards Sharratt, and the London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects.