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17 MAY 2018

London Project of the Year

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

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

Highly commended

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 Berkeley Homes, Hawkins Brown and Rolfe Judd 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," said Hugh Kemsley OBE MA FRICS, chair of the RICS London judging panel.

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.