New London Awards – Open for entries!

Submission deadline: 5pm Thursday 29 March 2018.

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The New London Awards 2018 are now open for entries. Submission deadline: 5pm Thursday 29 March 2018.

Now in its eighth year, the New London Awards recognise the very best projects across 15 sectors of the built environment that contribute to make London a better place to live, work, move around and socialise. Judged by a prestigious International Jury advised by London-based expert assessors, these are the only London-wide awards for built and unbuilt projects.

Winning schemes will be announced on 4 July at NLA’s Annual Lunch at The Guildhall, attended by over 700 leading professionals and London policy makers. They will also be featured in the NLA galleries alongside all shortlisted schemes at The Building Centre and in a special publication.

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To submit, please complete the online submission form here

Deadline for submissions: 5pm Thursday 29 March 2018

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1. Any company involved in the planning, design or construction of a project is eligible to enter the project into the New London Awards.

2. The project must be located within any of the 33 London Boroughs.

3. Submitted projects can be at any stage from completion to on the drawing board. A ‘built’ project must have achieved practical completion within the last two years (between 29 March 2016 and 29 March 2018). An ‘unbuilt’ project must have a real site, and be at any stage of design or construction at time of entry on 29 March 2018. Any project completed before 29 March 2016 will not be eligible.

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See answers to the most common questions about submitting to the New London Awards here

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Across the 15 categories, the jury will be looking for projects that demonstrate: 

• high quality design that respects its context and enhances London’s rich mix of old and new;

• a wider contribution to placemaking, improving the social, cultural and economic character of the local area;

• advancing knowledge and skills around the design, delivery, construction and funding of projects for the capital;

• longevity, through efficient use of resources, energy and consideration of long-term use and financial viability.

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Conservation & Retrofit
The restoration and reuse of buildings, across any sector, where efficient use is made of existing fabric and embodied energy: from historic restorations to contemporary insertions and recycled buildings. 

Culture & Community
Public buildings, museums, galleries, theatres, libraries, sports facilities, community hubs and youth centres of all kinds – the best examples of civic projects for local residents and international visitors. 

Educational establishments of all kinds – nurseries, schools, academies, universities, training centres – where design enhances the learning experience.

The best examples of individual new homes across the capital, from one up to five units.

Hotels & Hospitality
Hotels, restaurants and bars that enhance the leisure offer for tourists, business people and Londoners in the capital – from budget to boutique to luxury.

Multi-unit residential developments of any tenure – from social housing to PRS to prime resi, creating exemplary new places for people to live. 

Masterplans & Area Strategies
Placemaking at its best – area-wide regeneration strategies and the creation of new parts of the city. 

Projects that embrace the city as a work in progress, enlivening spaces, places and high streets over a short-term period, while supporting long-term ambitions.

Buildings with a complementary mix of uses, designed holistically to meet the needs of a number of different activities and users.

Office buildings that create exemplary places of work and meet the needs of business, technology and the individual. 

Public Spaces
New or rediscovered spaces; parts of London that have been given new life through improvements to streets, squares, playgrounds, waterspaces or parks.

Markets, shopping centres, shop fit-outs and high street strategies – exemplary new places for the exchange of goods and services.

Transport & Infrastructure
Transport projects and related architecture that improve the experience of moving around the city and add to the quality of the environment; and infrastructure projects – water, waste, energy – that help London work more efficiently and sustainably.

Projects that are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners, young and old, from healthcare facilities to housing for an ageing population.

From co-working hubs to affordable workplaces to industrial units, new projects that create inspiring working environments while supporting London’s diverse economy.

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Mayor’s Prize
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. 

People’s Choice
Part of London Festival of Architecture
Awarded to the favourite project voted by the general public during the London Festival of Architecture in June, the People’s Choice Award celebrates what London means to Londoners. Shortlisted schemes across all categories will be automatically included in the competition. Voting will open in June just after the shortlist is announced.

Sustainability Prize
Sponsored by Hoare Lea
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.

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