Fifty-four of London’s most impressive property schemes battled it out for top honours at last night’s 2018 RICS Awards, London where Woodberry Down, located in Finsbury Park, took the overall, esteemed ‘London Project of the Year’ title.
Held at The Royal Lancaster, London on the evening of 16 May, the annual RICS Awards, London celebrates inspirational initiatives in the city’s land, property and construction sectors across eight category awards.
The winners of the eight individual categories were announced by host, BBC News presenter and journalist, Clive Myrie.
The winners of all eight categories are as follows:
- Building Conservation - 14 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets
- Commercial – White Collar Factory, Old Street
- Community Benefit - Nordoff Robbins, Highgate
- 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
Two projects were also awarded a higly commended accolade:
- Commercial - Nova, Victoria
- Community Benefit - Crossway Church, Southwark
Project of the Year, London
The title 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 providing place-shaping, social and economic change on an inspiring scale
The concepts of placemaking and people sit at the heart of 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. 1,479 have been delivered to date, along with 2.61 acres of award-winning parkland and new amenities.
The judges praised the team behind Woodberry Down – including Berkley Homes and Hawkins Brown for creating a stand-out ‘Project of the Year’; not only regenerating the local area but also building a genuine community, actively welcoming new residents and involving local people in the minutiae of design details.
The team behind Woodberry Down should be incredibly proud of successfully taking on the regeneration of the local area with integrity and a genuine desire to improve not just the physical environment, but also residents’ economic aspirations and social wellbeing.
All of this year’s winners are testament to the collaboration of the talented teams behind them. 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 Awards, Grand Final 2018
All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2018 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.
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