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‘Boris factor’ boosts entries for London Planning Awards 2008

With the highest number of entrants since the Awards began, this year’s London Planning Awards shortlist trumpets little and local schemes as well as the big and bold.

From cornerstone local schemes in deprived areas, such as the Barking Learning Centre, to more high profile entrants like St Pancras High Speed 1, this year’s Awards bring together themes at the heart of the new Mayor’s priorities, combining a better quality of life for all Londoners with the highest standards of design and planning.

The awards, run jointly by the Mayor of London, London First, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and London Councils, were established to recognise planning professionals and organisations that have made strong contributions towards the changing landscape of the capital. With the arrival of a new Mayor and the addition of two new categories – Best Project to Protect Communities and Best Built Project 5 Years On – helping to attract a bumper number of entries, this year’s Awards are set to be the most hotly contested yet.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said:

“London is a city worthy of the best and this year’s London Planning Awards shortlist is a selection of great design and planning from the modest local schemes, which serve the needs of their community, to the big and bold projects which will improve our capital for all. I look forward to presenting the best of these inspiring projects with their awards in the New Year.”

The award categories, finalists and sponsors are as follows:

Best Conceptual Project (sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner)

– Aldgate Masterplan, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
– Gants Hill District Centre Area Action Plan, London Borough of Redbridge
– Canning Town and Custom House Supplementary Planning Document, London Borough of Newham
– Inclusive Design Strategy and Standards, Olympic Delivery Authority
– The Regent Street Vision, The Crown Estate

Best Built Project (sponsored by CB Richard Ellis)

– The Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, Foster & Partners/City of London
– More London: A catalyst for the transformation of North Southwark, London Borough of Southwark
– Lee Valley Athletics Centre, London Borough of Enfield
– St Pancras/High Speed 1 Rail Link, High Speed One (HS1)
– Barking Learning Centre and residential accommodation, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
– Bankside 123, Land Securities

Best Built Project, Five Years On (sponsored by GVA Grimley)

– Paddington Central – Phase One (Sheldon Square), Development Securities
– Riverside Walkway and the Millennium Bridge, London Borough of Southwark
– Duke of York Square, Paul Davis & Partners
– New Providence Wharf, E14, WSP UK Ltd
– Paternoster Square, Stanhope PLC

Best New Public Space (sponsored by Lovells)

– The Historic Ridge at Danson Park, Welling, Kent, London Borough of Bexley
– Potters Field Park: creating a sustainable world class park in the heart of central London, London Borough of Southwark
– Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham, BDP
– Swallow and Vine Street Improvements, The Crown Estate

Best Built Project – Community Scale Scheme (sponsored by Land Securities)

– Grassroots Centre, Eger Architects
– The City of London Information Centre, City of London

Best New Place to Live (sponsored by National House Builders Council)

– North Cray, L&Q Housing Trust
– Adelaide Wharf, First Base
– Millwall Fire Station, Swan Housing Association

Best Project to Protect Communities (sponsored by Arup)

– Stratford Eye, L&Q Housing Trust
– The Cut – from through-route to destination, London Borough of Southwark

The Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence will be announced by the Mayor of London at the Awards Ceremony at City Hall on 24 February 2009.

Notes to Editors

The London Planning Awards, now in their sixth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the RTPI and London Councils, and are open to non-members of London First and the RTPI. Local authorities, consultants, community groups, developers, public agencies, partnerships and other teams are eligible to enter. Applicants may enter their own work or be nominated

Visual materials including logos and pictures of shortlisted entries, previous winners and images of the 2007 Awards ceremony at City Hall are available upon request. Please contact London First for more details

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