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The Mayor, Boris Johnson has this week launched the London Planning Awards and is calling for planners, developers and architects to enter projects that display industry excellence and will
positively impact the capital for decades to come.
The Awards will build on the success of the last five years, which has seen winners such as the Arsenal Emirates Stadium, the Lower Lea Valley Olympic and Legacy Masterplans and Kings Cross Central.
The Awards are promoted by the Mayor of London, London First and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and are joined this year for the first time by London Councils.
The 2008 Awards also see the introduction of two new categories – Best Project to Protect Communities and Best Built Project 5 years On - as well as some changes to existing categories to reflect the priorities of the new Mayor.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “London is a living, breathing, expanding city, a cornucopia of design and planning excellence that deserves to be celebrated and admired.
“The London Planning Awards, as well as being a great way of exchanging industry best practice, inspire planners and developers to shape a world class London that builds on our heritage and prepares it for the future.
“Above all, I’m looking for award winning projects that will improve the quality of life for all Londoners, consider the environment and the damaging effects of climate change and work towards keeping London safe.
“All developments must remain appropriate to their context and setting and have enduring beauty that will remain into the next century for generations to come.”
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said: “London has a rich heritage which contributes to the city’s unique character and attractiveness. Excellent planning helps to conserve this, while not preserving the city in aspic.
“We must encourage the development of buildings which future generations will seek to conserve. Take the Gherkin - strongly opposed at first, it has become iconic and emblematic of
London’s success and world city status.
“The London Planning Awards are about encouraging the best in this city as a symbol of our confidence, progress and success to others. Through the Awards, we want to applaud all those involved in this urban renaissance – planners, development teams, consultants, local authorities – and urge them to press on with adding to and enhancing our evolving world-class capital.”
Janet O’Neill, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said: “Planning has an enormous role to play in addressing issues as diverse as health and crime to climate change and social cohesion.
“At its best, it helps create environments in which communities can develop and thrive. London’s planners have played a significant role in making the capital the vibrant, diverse and
liveable city that it is.
“These awards are tremendously important in recognising great planning and great planners and the Royal Town Planning Institute is delighted to continue to support their ongoing success. I would encourage anyone who has taken part in a planning project in the capital over the past twelve months to consider making a nomination.”
Councillor Merrick Cockell, Chairman of London Councils, said: "Planning officers and councilors who sit on planning committees are the key to developing a city that meets the needs of the diverse communities who live and work in London.
“I would urge boroughs to submit applications for these prestigious awards to ensure they get the recognition they deserve for their expertise and commitment to making London a better place."
The London Planning Awards were established to recognise the inspirational work of the capital’s planners. While crucial to creating and maintaining the world class look and feel of London, their contribution is often overlooked.
Showcasing examples of outstanding planning achievements, the organisers are urging local authorities, consultants, developers and others to submit applications now and raise the profile of those
key to defining the future shape of the capital.
The 2008 award categories and sponsors are as follows:
Best Built Project
sponsored by CB Richard Ellis
Best Built Project – Community Scale scheme
sponsored by Land Securities
Best Conceptual Project
Sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner
Best New Public Space
Sponsored by Lovells
Best New Place to Live
Sponsored by NHBC
Best Project to Protect Communities
Sponsored by Arup
Best Built Project – 5 years on
Sponsored by GVA Grimley
Mayor's Planning Award
The Mayor will select the winner of his Award for planning excellence from the shortlisted entries