Finsbury Park Development Named RICS London Project of the Year

54 of London’s most impressive property schemes battled it out to win London Project of the Year at the 2018 RICS Awards, but it was a development in Finsbury Park that took top honours

Held at The Royal Lancaster in London on 16 May, the annual Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards, London, celebrates inspirational initiatives in the capital’s land, property and construction sectors.

The London Project of the Year accolade, presented to the category winner that demonstrated overall best practice and a commitment to adding value to its local area, went to Woodberry Down, which also scooped the Regeneration accolade on the night.

Woodberry Down in Finsbury Park is one of London’s largest estate regeneration projects. People and placemaking are central to the 30-year development project which, on completion in 2035, will see 1,890 existing homes replaced by over 5,500 mixed-tenure new-build homes, plus 2.61 acres of award-winning parkland and new amenities.

RICS judges praised the team behind Woodberry Down – including Berkeley Homes and Hawkins Brown – for not only regenerating the local area, but also building a community and actively welcoming new residents and local people.

The winners of the eight individual categories, announced by the host, BBC News presenter and journalist Clive Myrie, are as follows:

  • Building Conservation: 14 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets
  • Commercial: White Collar Factory, Old Street (Highly Commended: Nova, Victoria)
  • Community Benefit: Nordoff Robbins, Highgate (Highly Commended: Crossway Church, Southwark)
  • Design through Innovation: The Bridge Theatre, Tower Bridge
  • Infrastructure: Ruskin Square MSCP, Croydon
  • Regeneration: Woodberry Down, Finsbury Park
  • Residential: Royal Albert Wharf, Newham
  • Tourism & Leisure: The Royal Academy of Music Theatre and New Recital Hall, Marylebone

It’s interesting to see that, despite winning the Carbuncle Cup in 2017, Nova in Victoria was highly commended in the Commercial category. Despite, apparently, lacking in architectural prowess, the project has transformed a previously unloved and neglected area into a vibrant new destination with a focus on local employment and training during construction and, now completed, providing new bars, restaurants and a landscaped public space fit for 21st century London.

‘All of this year’s winners are testament to the collaboration of the talented teams behind them,’ said Hugh Kemsley OBE MA FRICS, Chair of the RICS London judging panel. ‘Together, their complementary skills and vision have not only created built schemes which London can be proud of, they are also having a positive impact on their local communities.’

RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the valuation, development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

For further information on each of this year’s winners and highly commended projects, click here