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Redevelopment of King’s Cross Station wins top award at London Planning Awards

24 January 2018

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The redevelopment of the grade II listed King’s Cross Station - the catalyst for one of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe – has won the Mayor’s Award at this year’s London Planning Awards.

The project transformed nearly 70 acres of brown field land into office, retail and 2,000 homes. A new concourse is a feature of the redevelopment providing three-and-a-half times more space than the original and its crisscross design is now instantly recognisable.

A waste transfer station on the River Thames, Bloomberg’s new European Headquarters and an environmentally friendly housing development were among the other category winners.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:

“My congratulations to this year’s winners, all of which once again demonstrate the sheer range of talent in the capital. London continues to be an exemplar of good planning and design.

The capital’s rapid growth brings with it many challenges and planning has a crucial role to play in ensuring these challenges are met. It’s only right we recognise the creativity and innovation which is helping create a city fit for the future.”

John Acres MRTPI, RTPI President said:

“Congratulations to the planners involved in these projects, who are demonstrating their passion for planning and are helping to create great places across the city. They demonstrate the innovative ways planners are using the planning system to tackle the challenges faced in London, including the housing crisis and climate change.”

 The London Planning Awards, now in its 15th year, recognise and reward best practice in planning in the capital. It is organised by London First in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society London and the Royal Town Planning Institute London.

 

The winners are:

The Mayor's Award for Planning Excellence

King’s Cross Station redevelopment

Submitted by Network Rail, John McAslan & Partners, ARUP and Vinci

Best Project Five Years On

King’s Cross Station redevelopment

Submitted by Network Rail, John McAslan & Partners, ARUP and Vinci.

Best New Place to Live

Abell & Cleland, 180 home development in Pimlico

Submitted by DSDHA, Project Orange, Wirtz International and Peter Stewart Consultancy

Best New Place to Work

St. James’s Market, a business and retail redevelopment on Regent Street

Submitted by The Crown Estate, Oxford Properties, Make Architects, Gardiner & Theobold, Waterman Structures, AECOM, Hanover Cube, Balfour Beatty, FutureCity, Studio Weave and Studio Swine

Best Mixed Use Scheme – sponsored by Battersea Power Station

Bucklersbury/Bloomberg new European headquarters

Submitted by the City of London

Best New Iconic Building or Scheme

Dollar Bay, a residential building which uses dock water to cool the building in Canary Wharf

Submitted by Mount Anvil and One Housing Group

Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Planning

Cringle Dock, a new waste transfer station within a concrete box, creating a new public space and residential homes above.

Submitted by Battersea Power Station Development Company

Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental in Planning

Dollar Bay, environmentally friendly housing that uses dock water to cool the building, helping to reduce its carbon footprint by 23%

Submitted by Mount Anvil and One Housing Group

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