Dame Zaha Hadid was honoured at a ceremony organised by New London Architecture
The British-Iraqi architect was given the New Londoner of the Year title for her contributions to the design industry in the UK and abroad at the annual New London Awards on Tuesday. Her most famous work in the capital includes the London Aquatic Centre and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
The awards also celebrated the city’s most impressive architectural projects from the last 12 months. The overall winner was Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, which was crowned London’s best building. Since being transformed from a derelict Grade II listed property, Raleigh Hall will now provide a permanent home dedicated to black heritage in Britain.
Other winners included the Garden Bridge by Heatherwick studio, which was named the best forthcoming scheme in the Transport & Infrastructure category and Blackhorse Lane in Waltham Forest, which was awarded the Mayor’s Prize for redefining the streetscape outside of central London.
The Garden Bridge
10 New Burlington Street, a triple-glazed block on Regent Street, received the prize for best office building and the National Theatre was named the best public building after a major regeneration of its foyer, education facilities and riverside cafés. Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel can also add a New London Award to its list of accolades. It was the overall winner in the Hotels and Hospitality category.
MASTERPLANS & AREA STRATEGIES WINNER and MAYOR’S PRIZE COMMENDATION: Old Town Croydon Masterplan
MIXED-USE UNBUILT WINNER MAYOR’S PRIZE COMMENDATION: Camley Street Incubator and Gateway Sites Regeneration, Camden
BUILT WINNER: St. Mary of Eton, Hackney
OFFICE BUILDINGS UNBUILT WINNER: Four Pancras Square, Camden
BUILT WINNER: 10 New Burlington Street, City of Westminster
OFFICE INTERIORS BUILT WINNER: UBM, Southwark
PUBLIC BUILDINGS UNBUILT WINNER: Alexandra Palace, Haringey
BUILT WINNER and COMMISSIONING EXCELLENCE: National Theatre – NT Future, Lambeth
PUBLIC SPACES BUILT WINNER: Clapham Old Town, Lambeth
RETAIL BUILT WINNER: Foyles, City of Westminster
THE TEMPORARY BUILT WINNER: The Green Room, Lambeth
TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE UNBUILT WINNER: Garden Bridge, Lambeth & City of Westminster
BUILT WINNER: London Public Cycle Repair Infrastructure, Lambeth
More of London’s best buildings included on this year’s NLA shortlist:
The Garden Bridge will be a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing spanning the River
Thames, linking the South Bank to Temple station and beyond. The project will provide a vital and unique
route between north and south London, encouraging sustainable travel and stimulating new business and
investment on both sides of the river. Extraordinary views of the city will be framed by a public garden
featuring five seasonal habitats of British indigenous plants species, adding to London’s rich and diverse
horticultural heritage. The project provides a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate UK expertise
and innovation in engineering, landscaping and design, reinforcing London’s status as a world-class city.
The major participatory programme ‘The Tower Remembers’ commemorated the WW1 centenary.
Consisting of the art installation ‘Blood Red Lands and Seas of Red’ created by Paul Cummins and Tom
Piper, the ‘Why Remember?’ international education project, the Tower at War exhibition, a major
volunteer project and a range of ceremonial and memorial events. The installation of 888,246 ceramic
poppies progressively filled the Tower’s moat to form the centrepiece of the programme evoking the sheer
scale of losses during the conflict. The project was a huge organisational feat for Historic Royal Palaces
who organised and delivered all elements of the programme.
King’s Cross Square forms a focal point at the heart of a district which, following decades of neglect, is
currently being injected with a new energy through a range of major urban and transport projects.
Forming an energising gateway to King’s Cross, it provides a new uncluttered public space, replacing the
old, unsightly 1970s temporary concourse with a sensitive design that fully reveals the historic Grade I
Listed station façade. The use of granite throughout provides a visual coherency and clarity to the Square
which is now an attractive, welcoming orientation and meeting space with retail, seating, trees and shelter.
King’s Cross Pond Club is a new art installation in the form of a natural bathing pond. The 40 metre long
pond has space for exactly 163 bathers per day and this is due to the entirely chemical free nature of the
installation. The water is purified through a natural, closed-loop process using wetland and submerged
water plants to filter the water and keep it clear. The pond is surrounded by wild flowers and grasses that
change with the season. The installation aims to make us think about the relationship between nature and
the urban environment – the permanence of buildings and the changing nature of undeveloped spaces.
Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal, is the world’s first BREEAM Excellent airport terminal, and is one of the
safest and most sustainable in the world. Heathrow’s newest terminal provides a fitting gateway for 21st
century Britain, while setting a benchmark in quality for passengers, airlines and retailers. The iconic roof
is the most recognisable feature of Terminal 2; the floating, undulating enclosure forms giant vaults to
make navigation and way finding more intuitive. The three arches mark and guide the stages of the
passengers’ departure: check-in, security control and the departure lounge.
The Orangery at Ham Yard Hotel
The masterplan for Battersea Power Station is transforming this iconic building and the 40 acre former
industrial site on which it stands into a vibrant new neighbourhood comprising shops, restaurants,
offices, homes, parkland and providing the first self-funded tube extension of its type and scale yet to be
seen in the UK. Created by Rafael Viñoly and drawing on extensive consultation with the wider
community, the masterplan maintains the iconic Power Station as the focal point with new buildings
positioned such that they actively embrace the existing neighbourhood – with multiple points of public
access and exquisitely designed circulation space and green landscaping.
NT Future is the major regeneration of the Grade II* Listed National Theatre to open the site up to its
changing context, remodel the entrance, refurbish the foyers, create new riverside cafés, transform the
Cottesloe (now the Dorfman) Theatre with improved foyer and education facilities, enhance workshops,
and provide a new production building, the Max Rayne Centre. The aim of the project is to connect Denys
Lasdun’s masterpiece with the public and the surrounding city, to transform its sustainability, and to equip
it to serve the National Theatre for continued artistic growth.
Developed from an Avis garage, which was built in 1925, The Beaumont Hotel is Mayfair’s first 5-star
hotel in a decade. The hotel is Grosvenor’s first; the first to be operated by restaurateurs Corbin &
King; and is driving North Mayfair’s revitalisation. Let to Corbin and King on a profit-share lease,
Grosvenor made the decision to forgo a more profitable residential development in favour of a longterm
anchor to the area bringing vibrancy, amenity, identity and visitor appeal. The hotel comprises
73 bedrooms, a 100-seater classic New York-style restaurant and features the world’s first inhabitable
sculpture by Antony Gormley (ROOM).
The design involves optimising this prime west end site, rationalising uses and
configuration to provide a high quality mixed use development. The scheme comprises
part retaining the facade, part new build and part remodelling of a Grade II Listed building.
The new build development creates an efficient and integrated mixed-use scheme, comprising of around
80,000sqft of high quality flexible retail space and 26,000sqft of high quality private residential
accommodation, creating 18 new units. The retail maximises frontage to Oxford Street, with the future
opportunities to provide active frontage to Hanway Street.