London Planning Awards 2016 - Mayor's Award
From an office block made of recycled shipping containers to plans to turn London into the world’s first ‘National Park City’, developments vying for London’s top planning awards have been unveiled and the prizes have been awarded.
Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards is the most prestigious event for the planning and development sector.
Now in its 13th year, the Awards were held on 3 February 2016, at City Hall to celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners and developers to the capital’s urban regeneration.
Trafalgar Place in Elephant & Castle was shortlisted in the Best New Public Space category for turning an area ‘prohibitive to pedestrians’ into a thriving thoroughfare. With collaboration from dRMM Architects, Lend Lease, Robert Bird Group, Wallace Whittle, Sandy Brown Associates and ourselves, we were delighted when the project was announced as the Best New Place to Live for 2016.
The ceremony culminates with our most prestigious award; the Mayor's award for planning excellence, sponsored by Mount Anvil.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“The allure of living, doing business and taking advantage of culture venues in our great capital shows no sign of slowing down, which means creative and innovative planning remains crucial to the city’s ongoing prosperity. The spotlight, quite rightly, is on those planners and developers who are leading the way in creative design to ensure we are building real places and communities that are not only attractive to live in, but will stand the test of time.”
Cllr Claire Kober, London Councils’ executive member for infrastructure and regeneration, said:
“The London Planning Awards show how much outstanding planning work is happening to make our great city and its neighbourhoods even greater in the future. Councils, working in partnership with developers, public bodies and others, are uniquely placed to ensure that through new schemes, the maximum economic, social and environment value is unlocked and the right balance between these is achieved. Congratulations to all those shortlisted.”
Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:
“Once again the awards shortlist features an excellent array of outstanding planning projects. The finalists demonstrate how planners are helping to make London an even better place to live, work or visit.”
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“Our built environment is vital if London is to succeed in meeting the challenges ahead but as this shortlist of developments shows, the strength of this sector in our capital is more than capable of keeping London a world class city.”