New London Architecture, the capital’s leading organisation focused on architecture, planning, development and construction, has announced the shortlist for the annual New London Awards 2016, recognising the best new buildings in the capital
The awards feature projects both built and in design, and are only awarded to projects with the highest architectural quality as well as an outstanding contribution to London.
Comprised of the capital’s most innovative and inspiring schemes, this year’s awards celebrate 136 projects across 15 diverse categories, ranging from one-off homes to community buildings, public spaces and major master plans.
An exhibition of all shortlisted schemes will open at the New London Archirecture (NLA) Galleries at The Building Centre, WC1 from 3 June. This year, for the first time, Londoners will be able to select their favourite, culminating in the announcement of the People’s Choice Award in conjunction with the London Festival of Architecture. Votes can be cast throughout June, in person at the New London Awards exhibition, or via Twitter using #NLAwards16 @NLAlondon
High profile projects in this year’s awards include the transformations of Battersea Power Station and the London Olympic Stadium, as well as the new 46-storey office The Leadenhall Building, and the Francis Crick Institute biomedical research centre in King’s Cross. Other significant schemes to compete in the awards this year include Crossrail Place by Foster + Partners, The Wellcome Collection by WilkinsonEyre, and Shaftesbury Theatre by Bennetts Associates.
Other projects included in the list include the regeneration of King’s Cross that is making waves with several projects in the area, including Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio; German Gymnasium by Allies and Morrison and Conran and Partners; and The Plimsoll Building by David Morley Architects, all receiving nominations.
Various residential projects have been featured on the list, due to housing provisions being a critical issue in London. Creative and innovative workplaces feature heavily on this year’s shortlist, as London-based companies seek to attract and retain the capital’s best talent within an increasingly expensive city. New insertions to London’s existing fabric are particularly apparent within the Conservation & Retrofit category which includes SODA’s restoration of a Dean Street townhouse to create a new outpost for Soho House.
The Education category features primary, secondary and tertiary institutions across the capital, and demonstrates an innovative sector working in the constraints of funding cutbacks. The list reflects the development of both public and private centres of educational excellence for all ages.
The Overall Winner and Category winners will be announced at the NLA Annual Lunch at the Guildhall on the 7 July. Special awards will include the New Londoner presentation to the person who made a significant contribution to the capital in 2016; the Mayor’s Prize for the project that has most creatively contributed to London’s economy; and the Ashden Prize, awarded to the most energy efficient project.
The entire shortlist can be found online at New London Architecture