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The Heron Tower, Westfield Stratford and the Home Office in the running for London’s planning awards

The Heron Tower, Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, One New Change, Arsenal Football Stadium and the Home Office are set to battle it out in this years prestigious London Planning Awards.

Organised by London First in conjunction with the Mayor, Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners to the capital’s urban renaissance, and is attended by leading developers and prominent local government officials. Now in their ninth year, they are the capitals major showcase for planning in both public and private sectors.

This year’s entries have been of particularly high standard. Other contenders shortlisted for awards include Land Securities’ mixed use scheme on Cheapside, in the heart of the City of London, the Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum, Arsenal Stadium and Surrey County Cricket Club’s OCA Stand at the KIA Oval.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive, London First, said:
“Getting our built infrastructure right is crucial to London’s future success, and I’m delighted that we have such an impressive list of high profile schemes shortlisted this year, not just from the City and the West End but also from the outer boroughs. Importantly, all of these schemes show a renewed confidence in development in London”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:
“Each year entries to the London Planning Awards are more impressive and more diverse. The shortlisted projects represent a continued confidence in the economic future of the capital, and are fantastic examples of how investment, good planning and the right infrastructure can help improve the quality of life for Londoners.”

President of the RTPI Richard Summers said:
“The shortlist demonstrates that planning can enable great design whilst striking the right balance between economic, social and environmental issues to achieve truly sustainable development.”

London Councils Executive Member for Planning, Councillor Chris Roberts said:
‘Once again we have a fantastically strong shortlist for the London Planning Awards. These projects show just how important good planning is in helping London continue to be a great place to live and work and underlines the role London councils have in the qualitative development of our city.’

All shortlisted entries will go forward to the awards ceremony on 16 January 2012 at City Hall,, where winners will be announced by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Sir Edward Lister.

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Notes to Editors:

The London Planning Awards, now in their ninth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the RTPI and London Councils, although entry is 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.

London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

A full list of shortlisted entries are below:

Best Built Project
Heron Tower – Readleaf Polhill/Heron International
One New Change – Land Securities
Westfield Stratford City – Westfield
Sammy Ofer Wing – National Maritime Museum – Nathaniel Litchfield

Best Built Project – community scale scheme
Mitcham Junction Station Forecourt – LB Merton
St Paul’s Way Trust School – Astudio, LB Hamlets

Best New Place to Live
Claredale Street – Karakusevic Carson Architects
Highbury Gardens – First Base, HCA
Former Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital – LB Camden
Triscott House – KKM Architects

Best New Public Space
Hackney Wick Fish Island – Wallis Road Park to Park Link – London Thames Gateway Dev. Corp
Mount Street Public Realm Regeneration – Grosvenor
Margaret Macmillan Park – LB Lewisham

Best Historic Building Management
Quadrant 3 – Crown Estate
St Pancras Chambers – LB Camden
Tottenham Town Hall – BPTW Partnership
The Granary, Kings Cross – LB Camden/Argent

Best Conceptual Project
Snow in the City – Gensler and ASL Developments
Walthamstow Wetlands – LB Waltham Forest
Surrey Canal: London’s sporting village – Renewal

Best Built Project 5 Years On
Arsenal on the move – Savills
OCA Stand, KIA Oval Cricket Ground – Surrey CCC & Savills
The Home Office – Bouygues
Tabard Square – Rolfe Judd
New Street Square – Land Securities

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