Winners announced of first ever New London Awards to celebrate the capital’s best projects

Tuesday 12 July 2011

NLA today honoured the capital’s best projects as the centre for London’s built environment announced the winners of the first ever New London Awards at a lunchtime ceremony at Guildhall in the City.

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The New London Awards celebrate the best schemes in the capital both built and on the drawing board – giving recognition to the impact projects have on their surroundings and their contribution to London as well as to their architectural quality.

The inaugural awards were sponsored by Bircham Dyson Bell, Broadgate Estates, Crystal CG International, M3 Consulting, Pipers and URS Scott Wilson.

Two entries shared the top slot by being awarded the prestigious “Overall Winner” accolade: the London 2012 Velodrome and the Barking Central regeneration - both commended for their outstanding contribution to London.   

There was acclaim too for Network Rail Chief Executive Sir David Higgins who scooped the New Londoner of the Year award in recognition of his leadership whilst Chief Executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority.   

NLA Chairman Peter Murray, announcing the awards on NLA’s sixth birthday, said: ‘As the awards jury we have sought to reward not only excellence in design but also to recognise architecture that complements the surrounding city. The New London Awards are about buildings that sit comfortably with their neighbours and adjacent spaces and the strength of the winners is remarkable. It goes to show that London is attracting the very best in the world in terms of design and built form despite the economic downturn, and is a positive sign of what is to come.’   

Sir David Higgins commented on his New Londoner of the Year award: 'It's an honour to be recognised in this way for my small part in getting the Olympic Park ready for next year's big event. Now with Network Rail, I'm responsible for delivering even bigger projects that will help London to be better connected, adding to its economic prosperity.'   

A total of 23 prizes were handed out in 12 categories, spanning 11 London boroughs. These were selected from 316 entries that together represent some £11bn of development in the capital.   

Among the many smaller projects gaining recognition were Southwark’s South London Gallery in Peckham (Judges comment: ‘Powerful resonance of old juxtaposed with new’); offices at 40 – 48 Fashion Street in E1 where the new workspace complements the old Moorish Market building (‘A sophisticated adaptive reuse, with real texture to it’); and The London Library in St James’ (‘sensitively turning a muddle of accretions over centuries into a coherent building’).   

Entries were judged by a panel of international experts in the fields of architecture and urban design including David J Burney, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Design and Construction; Dominique Alba, Director of the Pavillon de L’Arsenal in Paris; and Riccardo Marini, City Design Leader of Edinburgh City Council.   

Riccardo Marini said: 'In the current difficult economic circumstances it is heartening to see some excellent work still being delivered. The range of entries for this the first year was proof that architecture can shape so many areas of our lives from bicycles to Barking to sewerage systems.'   

David J Burney said: ‘My lasting impression from participating on the judging panel is the importance of design quality in even the smallest project. It is not that the big projects don't count, and London has many world-leading major schemes. But a successful city is built mostly through its smaller projects - housing, schools, parks, health centres, libraries and the like. The New London Awards demonstrate that London is a design leader in this respect. It is heartening to see so many small projects of good design quality, and a sure sign of a healthy city.’   

Full list of winners:

NEW LONDONER OF THE YEAR:  
David Higgins, Chief Executive, Network Rail  

OVERALL WINNERS:  
The London 2012 Velodrome, E15 – Hopkins Architects for The Olympic Delivery Authority
Barking Central, IG11 – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and muf architecture/art for Redrow Regeneration 

CONSERVING - BUILT WINNER 
The London Library, SW1 – Haworth Tompkins for The London Library 

LEARNING - BUILT WINNERS 
Clapham Manor Primary School, SW4 – dRMM Architects for Children & Young People's Service 
City of Westminster College, W2 – schmidt/hammer/lassen architects for City of Westminster College 

LIVING - BUILT WINNER 
Peabody Avenue, SW1 – Haworth Tompkins for Peabody 

LIVING - UNBUILT WINNER 

The Old Dairy, WC1 – S333 Architecture + Urbanism for W X Investments 

PLACEMAKING - BUILT WINNER 
Barking Central, IG11 – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and muf architecture/art for Redrow Regeneration 

PLACEMAKING - UNBUILT WINNER 
Exhibition Road Project, SW7 – Dixon Jones Ltd for Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea  

PLAYING - BUILT WINNER
The London 2012 Velodrome, E15 – Hopkins Architects for The Olympic Delivery Authority 

RETROFITTING - BUILT WINNER 
Maple and Fitzroy, W1 – Duggan Morris Architects for Derwent London 

SERVICING - BUILT WINNER 
Pudding Mill Lane Pumping Station, E15 – John Lyall Architects for Thames Water 

SHOPPING - BUILT WINNER 
One New Change, EC4 – Sidell Gibson Architects and Atelier Jean Nouvel for Land Securities plc 

SHOPPING - UNBUILT WINNER 
Stratford Kiosks, E15 – Studio Octopi for London Borough of Newham 

STAYING - BUILT WINNER 
H10 London Waterloo, SE1 – Maccreanor Lavington for H10 Hotels Limited 

TRAVELLING - BUILT WINNER 
Barclays Cycle Hire – Transport for London 

TRAVELLING - UNBUILT WINNER 
The Cable Car for London, E16 – Transport for London - Group Planning for TfL Rail - Docklands Light Railway 

VISITING - BUILT WINNER 
South London Gallery, SE5 – 6a architects for South London Gallery 

VISITING - UNBUILT WINNER 
The Tate Modern Project, SE1 – Drivers Jonas Deloitte for The Board of Trustees of The Tate Gallery 

WORKING - BUILT WINNERS 
Angel Building, EC1 – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris for Derwent London
Fashion Street, E1 – Buckley Gray Yeoman for Meritcape Ltd 

WORKING - UNBUILT WINNER 
The Leadenhall Building, EC3 – Rogers Stirk Harbour for British Land & Oxford Properties 

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