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Including a park built on disused railway coal sidings, the UK’s first pop-up village and a new vision for the West End, the contenders for London’s top planning awards have been revealed.
Organised by London First, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute, the London Planning Awards celebrate the capital’s top planning and development projects.
This year’s shortlist include Peckham Coal Line, an elevated urban park built on disused railway coal sidings with outstanding local engagement, PLACE/Ladywell, an innovative development which provides homes for local families in housing need and West End Public Realm, an ambitious redevelopment of the Tottenham Court Road area to help reduce congestion and create new public spaces.
Now in its 14th year, the Awards will be held at City Hall on 27 February 2017, and celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners and developers to the capital’s urban regeneration.
John Allan CBE, Chairman of London First, said: “This shortlist showcases the vision and ingenuity of work right across the capital. By creating new spaces, and re-thinking how we use existing ones, London continues to grow and meet the challenges of a leading global city.”
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “The outstanding quality of the shortlisted entries for this year’s awards highlights the breadth and depth of talent in London. It is only fitting that a city as exciting and dynamic as London is home to so many innovative developments. Good planning and design is going to be critical in building the thousands of new and genuinely affordable homes for Londoners as well as creating the work space and culture venues our city needs.”
Other contenders for top awards include Plaistow Hospital, a redevelopment of former NHS buildings to provides well-integrated new homes and a high-level of affordable housing; Pearson Square, a new public space for central London; Pop Brixton, which turned disused land into a creative space for local, independent businesses; and St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Plan, a great example of a community-led project, with a focus on providing affordable housing for young people.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for city development, said: “These awards are one of the highlights of the planning calendar and serve to highlight the excellent work being undertaken to ensure our neighbourhoods really shine. Creative and innovative planning remains crucial to the capital, especially given the pressures on housing. Councils, working alongside developers, play a pivotal role in making sure new schemes contribute the maximum economic, social and environmental value, and I look forward to congratulating the winners from this impressive shortlist.”
John Walker, Secretary of the Planning Officers Society London, said: “It is refreshing to see planning in London being recognised and the many outstanding examples highlighted and celebrated. The awards showcase the increasingly creative and cross cutting work that is being done to ensure London’s global reputation for being the best city to work, live and visit in the world is maintained and enhanced. The quality and diversity of the entries gets better every year and the event has grown to be the most prestigious in London’s planning calendar.”
Trudi Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said: “The shortlist is an impressive roll call of some of the best and most exciting place-making in London, highlighting the vital role that planners in local authorities and private industry play in ensuring that London continues to be a leading world city”
The 2017 shortlist is:
Best Community Led Project, sponsored by Land Securities
Best Conceptual Project, sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner
Best Heritage Led Project, sponsored by Historic England
Best New Place to Live
Best New Place to Work, sponsored by Anthology
Best New Public Space, sponsored by Hogan Lovells
Best Planning Authority, sponsored by GL Hearn
Best Project Five Years On, sponsored by Ballymore Group
Best Town Centre Project, sponsored by Turley
Contenders are nominated by the property sector with the final shortlist judged by a panel of experts from the GLA, London First, London Councils and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony at City Hall on 27 February 2017, including The Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence, sponsored by Mount Anvil, to the overall winner.