The strategy focuses on community consultation and involvement at the brief and design stages, a place-based approach, co-ordination of funding streams and a comprehensive approach to the entire public realm of parks, streets and estates.
"The most important aspect of the EC1 project is ongoing community engagement and partnership working," said council principal planner Helen Fallon. "Together, Homes for Islington, ECI NDC and Islington Council ensured that the objectives of the strategy were delivered as part of the public realm improvements."
The judges found that the programme makes a useful contribution to improving the physical environment on individual estates, streets or blocks. "The strategy contributes to sustainable development through greening the area, creating sustainable drainage, reducing water run-off, improving air quality and reducing vehicular intrusion," they noted.