London Planning Awards shortlist revealed

A scheme to regenerate a housing estate in Brent and a project to redevelop Leicester Square are among the shortlisted entries for the 2013 London Planning Awards.

Johnson: will present the awards at a ceremony at City Hall on 31 January 2013
Johnson: will present the awards at a ceremony at City Hall on 31 January 2013
The Croydon Metropolitan Centre and the BBC's New Broadcasting House are also shortlisted for the awards, which are organised by business membership organisation London First in conjunction with the mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and umbrella group London Councils.

A London First statement said that the Stonebridge Estate in Brent – for which consultancy Terence O’Rourke is nominated in the "Best Built Project 5 Years On" category – was "once notorious as one of the worst housing estates in the country for poverty and social exclusion". But it added that the regeneration of the area had reduced vandalism, graffiti and crime through the provision of affordable homes, three new parks, a health centre and sports facilities.

Other projects shortlisted in this category include the Duke of York Square development in the King’s Road – for which Paul Davies & Partners Architects is nominated – and The Round House in Camden, for which the London Borough of Camden has received a nomination.

Projects are nominated for the awards by members of London First, with the final shortlist judged by a panel of experts from the Greater London Authority, the Royal Town Planning Institute, London Councils, and London First.

London mayor Boris Johnson will present the awards at a ceremony at City Hall on 31 January 2013.

Johnson said: "For more than a decade these awards have inspired us with new ideas to create places and spaces that make our great city an even better place to live, work and invest. Once again we have a fantastic awards shortlist and I'm looking forward to sifting through them to find the winners that will raise the benchmark for great planning and design in the capital."

RTPI president Colin Haylock said: "What the shortlist shows is whether it’s breathing new life into an estate or helping to create the exceptional Olympic site, no challenge is too small, too large, or too difficult for planners to take on."

The awards categories and shortlisted entries are:

Best Built Project

- Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge (Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects)
- Neo Bankside (Native Land)
- London 2012 Olympic Parklands and Public Realm (London Legacy Development Corporation)
- Westfield Stratford City (Westfield)
- 5 Merchant Square (Redleaf Polhill)

Best Built Project – community scale scheme

- Dysons Road Community Hub (Diocese of London)
- Clapham ONE: The Library Building (Studio Egret West)
- Ealing Broadway Cycle Hub (Ealing Council)

Best Conceptual Project

- Legacy Communities Scheme (AECOM)
- Embassy Gardens (Terry Farrell & Partners)
- Old Oak Common (Terry Farrell & Partners)
- UCL Bloomsbury Masterplan (Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands)

Best New Public Space

- Ladywell Fields, Lewisham (BDP)
- Granary Square, Kings Cross N1C (Argent King’s Cross Limited)
- Leicester Square (Westminster City Council)

Best New Place to Live

- Barking Riverside-Phase 1 Housing (LB of Barking & Dagenham)
- Aylesbury Estate Regeneration Phase 1A (Levitt Bernstein)
- Packington Estate regeneration, Islington (Rydon)
- Matchmakers Wharf, Hackney (Stock Woolstencroft)

Best Built Project 5 Years On

- Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, Brent 1996-2008 (Terence O’Rourke)
- Duke of York Square Development (Paul Davies & Partners Architects)
- The Round House (LB of Camden)

Best Historic Building Management
 
- BBC New Broadcasting House (Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners)
- Kings Cross Station (LB of Camden & Network Rail)
- Quadrant 3 (Crown Estates, Dixon Jones, Donald Insall Associates, Stanhope)

Best Town Centre Project

- Croydon Metropolitan Centre (Croydon Council)
- Leyton Town Centre, Waltham Forest (Waltham Forest Council, Waltham Forest Business Board, Lee Valley Estates, Jan Kattein Architects)
- Good for Greenford (Ealing Council)

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