New London landscape landmarks recognised

Projects by some of Britain's biggest-name landscape designers have been shortlisted for an urban awards' competition.

BDP, J&L Gibbons, LDA Design, Annabel Downs, Gillespies, LUC and Gustafson Porter are all up for gongs in the New London Awards.

More than 140 new projects or schemes on the drawing board were announced last week.

The list was filleted down from hundreds of entries for the fourth New London Awards, which recognises the best new public spaces, architecture, planning and development across the capital.

Projects across 15 categories range from area strategies for regeneration in Tottenham, mixed-use projects at Battersea Power Station and council-led housing in Westminster, Hackney and Brent.

Gillespies' design for St Helen's Square in Leadenhall Street EC3 made the public space shortlist. The third-largest open space in the City, 3,325sqm, blends blocky hard with curvy soft landscape.

LDA Design’s Battersea Power Station pavilion and pop-up park project made the shortlisted in the temporary category while its Wandle Park project made the public places category.

The pavilion and pop-pp park opened to last May as a venue for the Chelsea Fringe Festival and was the first public space in the history of power station.

The Wandle Park project saw the regeneration of a run-down park into a multiuse green and blue space over three years that integrated flood alleviation with community garden and other areas.

J&L Gibbons made the cut in the public space category for Canal Park, E20. The practice's Making Space in Dalston in vying with Gustafson Porter's Woolwich Square in the placemaking category.

"This is a very strong shortlist and reflects the quantity and quality of homes under construction and on the drawing board," said New London Awards chairman Peter Murray.

"A number are being delivered directly by local authorities and represent a new wave in high-quality council-led housing as well as the creation of higher density environments."

An international jury includes experts from Paris, New York, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Edinburgh.

Winners will be revealed on 9 July. Winning projects will boast design integrity and international excellence, an ability to demonstrate a positive impact on their surroundings and to make a wider contribution to life in the city.

New London Awards is based at The Building Centre in central London and is a hub for debate in design, planning, development and construction in the capital.

Public space shortlist

  • Brown Hart Gardens, W1, BDP for Grosvenor
  • Canal Park Design Guide and Implementation plan, E20, J&L Gibbons with Muf Architecture/Art, East, Meadowcroft Griffin for LLDC
  • Gasholder No.8, N1, Bell Phillips Architects for Argent
  • Kidbrooke Village, SE3, CZWG Architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Townsends, Gillespies, Fabrik & Bell Fisher for Berkeley
  • Rainham Marshes | Rainham to the River, RM13, Client: Peter Beard LANDROOM for LB Havering, GLA & LDA
  • Royal Victoria Beach, E16, LB Newham in cooperation with the London’s Royal Docks Management Authority
  • St Helen’s Square, EC3, Gillespies for City of London Corporation
  • Tumbling Bay Play and Timber Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20, erect architecture & LUC for LLDC
  • Wandle Park, CR0, Croydon Council, LDA Design, Annabel Downs with Robinson Design, erect Architecture for LB Croydon
  • Woolwich Squares, SE18, Gustafson Porter for RB Greenwich

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