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06 Jul 2017

New London Architecture Awards winners announced

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Innovative office, workplace and meanwhile spaces are among those celebrated at the NLA Awards 2017

The New London Awards 2017 took place on 5th July, celebrating another year of innovative London architecture and development projects, many of which have also been championed by OnOffice magazine.

Organised by New London Architecture (NLA) and supported by the Mayor of London, a total of 31 winning schemes were chosen from across all sectors of London’s built environment. Each scheme was selected by an international jury for displaying a consideration of social and economic factors, as well as the highest quality of design.

Sadie Morgan, founding director of dRMM architects and member of the National Infrastructure Commission, was named the New Londoner of the Year 2017 for her work promoting the importance of design at the highest political level. Morgan reports directly to the Secretary of State as Chair of the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and is a commissioner for the National Infrastructure and Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commissions.

This year’s Overall Winner was the masterplan for Wickside in Tower Hamlets by BUJ Architects and Ash Sakula. The 3.4 hectare canal-side development on the edge of London’s Olympic Park occupies a former refuse yard and will deliver a huge amount of creative industry employment.

The Mayor’s Prize was awarded to Central Parade Creative Hub in Waltham Forest by Gort Scott Architects. The 1960s former council office was transformed into a mixed-use creative hub, which will host an array of co-working, studio, exhibition and retail space.

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The Bartlett School (UCL) by Hawkins\Brown, which featured in OnOffice March ‘17, won the Education Award (pictured above). The New Scotland Yard HQ, which editor Helen Parton visited for OnOffice’s June ‘17 edition, was commended in the Conservation & Retrofit category (below); 20 Eastbourne Terrace by Fletcher Priest Architects for Land Securities plc also made the shortlist. Meanwhile, the citizenM Tower of London by Sheppard Robson was shortlisted in the Hotels & Hospitality category (OnOffice Sep ‘16).

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The Office win went to the Black and White Building, EC2 by BuckleyGrayYeoman for The Office Group. Both the architect and workspace provider are OnOffice favourites and the project will be followed with interest (see the upcoming Aug '17 OnOffice for an OnSite with BuckleyGrayYeoman for Fred Perry).

Two more projects that have recently caught the attention of the magazine were also shortlisted in this category: The Francis Crick Institute by HOK and PLP Architecture and 7 Clarges Street by Squire and Partners. The second Office winner was 8 Finsbury Circus, EC2 by WilkinsonEyre for Mitsubishi; commendations for the Office category went to Ansdell Street, W8 by Studio Seilern Architects and C2 Wood Wharf, E14 by Pilbrow & Partners.

The CT (Carlsberg Tetley) Building by SODA, one of the projects that featured in OnOffice’s April ‘17 cover story, made it into the dedicated Meanwhile space category (director Russell Potter of SODA was also the subject of the Jul ‘17 Shredder).

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The Workplace Unbuilt winner was Spring Place, NW5 by Piercy & Company. OnOffice gave Sky Central, TW7 by HASSELL, AL_A and PLP Architecture the cover spot for May ‘17 and the ground-breaking project took home the Built Workplace Award. Included in the commendations was Google Pancras Square, N1 by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which also donned the OnOffice cover, in Dec ‘16. Shortlistees AnalogFolk Bridge by Design Haus Liberty (above) and Land Securities by KKS have also graced the pages of the magazine recently.

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