London Planning Awards

The London Planning Awards, now in its 12th year, is organised, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London First, RTPI and London Councils, to recognise and reward best practice in planning in the capital.
The Awards are launched in the summer of each year with judging in the autumn.
The awards ceremony takes place at City Hall in the 1st quarter of each year and is attended by over 300 senior representatives from the boroughs (officers and members), City Hall, developers, planners and community groups.

To view the Londion Planning Awards 2014/15 post event brochure, please click here.

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To view all the photos of this year's awards ceremony please click here.

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London Planning Awards 2014/15 Winners:

The Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence: Bow Cross, by the Swan Housing Association 

Originally a deprived estate, isolated from the surrounding community with high crime levels and poor quality environment, Bow Cross has been transformed into a traditional street-based neighbourhood where people want to live. The success of the project is made evident by the large number of residents choosing to stay or return to the area, a doubling of tenant applications, and the success of private sales.


Best New Place to Work: Pill Box, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Refurbished by Workspace Group (Sponsored by The International Quarter)

The historical industrial 65,000 square feet warehouse was converted to accommodate 90 new and growing businesses employing over 450 people in total. With generous cycling facilities and located only a few minutes walk from Bethnal Green Station it also provides an award winning café and restaurant, events space, flexible workspace, meeting rooms and a gym all carefully designed to encourage collaboration and interaction between tenants to help their businesses grow.


Best Community Led Project: Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple, in the London Borough of Brent. LTS Architects (UK), Engineers HRW, Max Fordham, Shree Hari Construction, LDA Design, Sutton Vane, Michael Grubb, Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi (Sponsored by Land Securities)

This project was the manifestation of a vision the local Swaminarayan community have nurtured for 25 years.  The temple was funded and built by the local community, and whilst specific to the local Hindu population, the complex also serves the wider community. The multi-function hall is a bookable resource for local schools and residents, and approximately one third of the site provides subsidised work space for local businesses. The opening of the temple was marked by a parade attended by 2000 local people.


Best Conceptual Project: The London Underline, developed by Gensler in collaboration with PaveGen Systems and Momentum (Sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner)

The project proposes the innovative re-use of disused tube tunnels as pedestrian walkways.  In particular, Gensler identified the tunnels between Green Park and Charing Cross Road and between Holborn and Aldwych linking strategic pedestrian destinations and significantly alleviating the pressure on footway and public transport between them.  These underground spaces would be activated by stalls and other commercial and cultural uses helping pay for the project, as well as making them safe and attractive.  Power for the network would be generated by kinetic paving systems – making the whole project self-sustaining.


Best New Place to Live:  Vivo & So Stepney, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Designed by Levitt Bernstein, for the East Thames Group and Bellway Homes (Sponsored by Ballymore)

The scheme transforms the previously poor quality 2.98 Hector site into a traditional permeable and legible street based development, providing 704 good quality flats and private communal spaces.  50% of the homes are affordable and all are larger than the London Plan space standards.  The site is located within walking distance of the local town centre providing access to schools, shops and other social infrastructure.


Best New Public Space: Clapham Old Town Regeneration Project. Designed by Urban Movement for the London Borough of Lambeth (Sponosored by Hogan Lovells)

The project involved the remodelling of the 1960’s gyratory to drastically increase the ratio of footway to carriageway achieving an increase of 35% to 65% in pedestrian space, significantly improving the overall quality of the environment.  Street furniture was rationalised maximising space for pedestrians and minimising visual clutter, crossings were located on key desire lines, and 60 new cycle stands and 102 trees were planted. All this was achieved whilst increasing pedestrian space, reducing traffic speeds and ensuring the funding streams for its long-term management were secured.


Best Project Five Years On: Bow Cross, by the Swan Housing Association (Sponsored by Delancey)

Originally a deprived estate, isolated from the surrounding community with high crime levels and poor quality environment, Bow Cross has been transformed into a traditional street-based neighbourhood where people want to live. The success of the project is made evident by the large number of residents choosing to stay or return to the area, a doubling of tenant applications, and the success of private sales.


Best Heritage Led Project: Tottenham Town Hall in the London Borough of Haringey, by Newlon Housing Trust (Sponsored by English Heritage)

The Trust restored the Grade II Listed Edwardian Town Hall into a sustainably managed local community business centre with affordable housing to the rear around a courtyard. The scheme managed to turn the previously inaccessible Town Hall into a fully DDA compliant building. A close working relationship with English Heritage meant a thorough restoration took place including replacing tiny terrazzo mosaic tiles in the floor of the Town Hall and recreating the original clock tower on the roof of the previously derelict workshops. Demand from small, start-up businesses is strong and all residential properties are fully let.


Best Town Centre Project: Stockwell Street, Greenwich.  Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects for Deloitte Real Estate and the University of Greenwich (Sponsored by Turley)

The project exemplifies the type of diversification town centres and high streets need to strive for to secure their future.  Whilst designed and run by the University, the Stockwell Street building brings a large library, exhibition and educational space and other cultural activities to the heart of town centre. Open to the public, the development has created a significant increase in footfall and vitality to the high street, helping local businesses and creating a truly mixed use town centre.


London Planning and Development Person of the Year: John Turner, Town Planning Director, Ballymore Group (Sponsored by Edelman)

London Planning Awards 2013/14 Winners:

Winner: The North East Quadrant (Borough of Camden) for its dramatic transformation of a challenging brownfield site into a vibrant hub of activity, and improvement to the area as a whole

Winner: 'The Glass Mill' Loampit Vale, Lewisham - a state of the art community leisure centre - for its transformational impact on the wider area, benefits to the local community, design and ingenuity
Commended: Van Gogh Walk for the inspirational level of local involvement and community ownership achieved by genuinely collaborative working,

CATEGORY 3: BEST CONCEPTUAL PROJECT Sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner
Winner: Copley Close Regeneration in Ealing for the careful, sensitive and responsive approach to estate renewal. The strategy addresses many of the issues resulting from the poor original layout of the estates whilst avoiding unnecessary disruption to the existing community
Commended: Pop-up HAWSE for the innovative, challenging and topical exploration of short term homelessness

Winner: East Village for its scale, quality and understated innovation

CATEGORY 5: BEST NEW PUBLIC SPACE Sponsored by Hogan Lovells
Winner: Brown Hart Gardens for its ingenuity and historical sensitivity.  In the heart of Mayfair, this eccentric new public square is located on the roof of a Grade II listed Substation
Commended: Van Gogh Walk for its replicability and community involvement

Winner: Royal Festival Hall for its subtle yet transformative impact on the South Bank as a whole and revitilising the complex multi-level building to significantly improve the public realm
Commended: Old Spitalfields Market for having managed to retain some of the spirit of the more quirky east London retail offer and the careful management of the historical East End fabric

2 winners:
Winner: Restoring Roehampton’s Heritage for carefully coordinating the restoration of a number of heritage assets in the Roehampton, bringing them back into use and  using them as triggers for the areas wider regeneration.
Winner: The William Morris Gallery and Gardens for the scheme, which involves the refurbishment of the William Morris Gallery to create new displays, research rooms, staff offices and a new tea room and exhibition space.  It also included the refurbishment of the gardens around the Gallery back to its former glory.

Winner: Woolwich Squares for its subtle yet transformative changes to the way Woolwich Town Centre works, including the provision of a large supermarket, 960 residential units and new Civic Offices

Winner: Alastair Smart, Head of Development and Project Management, The Crown Estate for leading the team responsible for the £1.5bn transformation of a large portion of the West End, ensuring the Crown Estate is in safe hands.

Winner: East Village: not only for creating a new high quality neighbourhood in east London, but for its approach to housing delivery, its simple and replicable design solution, its scale and its overall quality.
Please click here to view the judging criteria.




"There is no question that there's
never been a better time to
be living here. The quality of
life is improving the whole time
and the quality of the built
environment is improving the
whole time. And I think it's
very important that we celebrate
the contribution that London's
planners and developers are making."

Boris Johnson,
Mayor of London


“We're very, very proud of the
way in which the public realm
has continued to improve in
London. We've got some really
great architects in London,
we've got some great schemes
in London and the public realm
in London, I would agrue, has
has never been better than
it is today.”

Sir Edward Lister,
Chief of Staff and
Deputy Mayor,
Policy and Planning


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