BEST BUILT PROJECT | ENFIELD TOWN LIBRARY
Submitted by the London Borough of Enfield with Shepheard Epstein Hunter Architects
A dramatic yet sensitive and flexible modern addition to Enfield’s one hundred year old Carnegie Library, the building has been reoriented to face a much improved green and to attract a broader and younger readership. For its bold and successful architectural intervention, its welcoming prospect and the real sense of town centre renewal it has engendered the judges felt this a worthy winner.
BEST BUILT PROJECT COMMUNITY SCALE SCHEME | CLAPHAM MANOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
Submitted by dRMM Architects
With an iconic design, its responses to difficult planning issues, and its life- enhancing spirit, this polychromatic freestanding addition cleverly marries four new stories to the school’s existing three, brings full accessibility throughout, and provides light and airy – and muchloved – extra space. The design was carefully crafted in consultation with staff, pupils and local residents, and the resultant reorientation of the school has dramatically improved security and safety in the neighbouring public realm.
BEST CONCEPTUAL PROJECT | LONDON RIVER PARK
Submitted by Gensler
An ingenious proposal to link the main historic attractions along the north shore of the Thames via a fully accessible, floating river walk. Five linked temporary pavilions will celebrate the ‘Best of British’, and leave a lasting legacy of new mooring facilities, ferry terminals and an open air swimming pool. The judges felt this entry stood out for its remarkable imagination and ambition.
BEST NEW PLACE TO LIVE | EWART HOUSE & ABIGAIL HOUSE EXTRA CARE HOUSING AT RICHARDS CLOSE, HARROW
Submitted by Harrow Churches Housing Association and Octavia Housing
This splendid care and support scheme for frail older people mixes independent living – each flat has its own front door – with communal facilities, and provides assistance on call 24 hours a day. Including extra care and wheelchair accessible accommodation, this well-crafted development scores highly on measures of environmental sustainability. This award is for its inspirational and well thought out responses to the challenges of elderly living.
BEST NEW PUBLIC SPACE | BERMONDSEY SQUARE
Submitted by east architecture, landscape, urban design
Developed in partnership with users and neighbours, this precise design is carefully detailed. The revitalised square integrates successfully public and privately managed space and provides a flexible arena for everyday activities and special events, whilst continuing to host Bermondsey’s historic weekly antiques market. The judges were particularly impressed with its high degree of community involvement, its attention to detail and its elegant design.
BEST PROJECT BUILT FIVE YEARS ON | DLR LONDON CITY AIRPORT EXTENSION
Submitted by Docklands Light Railway
A daring addition to the DLR, this extension has for the first time brought rail access to London City Airport, solving many complex planning problems on the way and opening up numerous development opportunities. It has also massively increased accessibility to the City and the West End through its link to Woolwich Arsenal south of the river, and has – year on year – seen ridership grow significantly ahead of projections. The judges felt that the scheme should be recognised for its overwhelming regenerative impact.
BEST HISTORIC BUILDING MANAGEMENT | ST PAUL’S CHURCH YARD
Submitted by the City of London, with Townshend Landscape Architects, ARUP and Project Centre
Following an extensive programme of public consultation, the public realm fronting St Paul’s has been thoughtfully reworked to manage the huge increase in visitors following the opening of the Millennium Bridge. Featuring formal and informal, and temporary and permanent elements – including an historic drinking fountain rescued from Guildhall, its waters rendered potable – this impressive treatment is a great success. The judges felt that this scheme was worthy of this award for its sensitive remodelling of the public realm fronting a national icon.
MAYOR’S AWARD FOR PLANNING EXCELLENCE | LONDON RIVER PARK
Submitted by Gensler
For this award, the Mayor looks for schemes which embody exceptional quality, will deliver lasting change for London, and which epitomise and showcase his London Plan objectives for this great city. The Mayor felt that the sheer simplicity and dazzling audacity of the London River Park proposal would be a major step towards meeting his challenge to make London the best big city on earth - a place brimming with opportunity and excitement for everyone.
"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."
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
Policy and Planning