Dorsett and Waldo win Hammersmith awards

dorsett-hotelThe Hammersmith Society has announced the winners of their annual Environment Awards which celebrates the work of architects in the borough.

The society’s 12-strong panel looked at 13 developments across three categories before announcing the results at the society’s AGM.

The Awards were presented by Hammersmith & Fulham’s mayor, Councillor Mercy Umeh.
Chairman Tom Ryland praised the calibre of all the developments which made the shortlist.

He said: “We’re fairly picky about what we give awards to, some years we haven’t given any out at all.

“This year we gave two main awards rather than one which is a reflection of how highly we thought of them.”

The main awards went to the Dorsett Hotel in Shepherd’s Bush Green (pictured top), for achieving the impressive task of successfully converting what was originally opened in 1923 as the Pavilion Cinema, and modern houses in Waldo Road, Shepherds Bush.

Judges said of the Dorsett Hotel which was designed by architects Flanagan Lawrence: “It is rather a triumph and the committee agreed that Shepherds Bush would be the poorer without it. A distinctive element of the original was its amazing barrel-like roof which has been replaced in glass and louvres.”

waldo-roadThey described the Waldo Road winner (left), designed and developed by Alfred Munkenbeck, as an ‘exciting find’. It is three modern houses built to a very high and green specification which backs onto railway lines.

The Nancye Goulden Award, presented to smaller schemes, went to 21 Banim Street in Brackenbury Village. The three-story development of three flats, three houses and office space was described as a ‘charming and sensitive scheme’.

apolloWork to open up Hammersmith’s Hammersmith and City Line station was also praised. The redevelopment opened up the centre arches to allow passengers to move through much easier. The redesign earned London Underground the society’s Conservation Award.
The final accolade of the night was the Special Award, introduced this year to cover a category not normally considered. Normally all nominations have to be able to be seen from the street but judges were so impressed by the refurbishment of the Hammersmith Apollo’s Art Deco interior (left) that it was also honoured.

Tom Ryland was appointed Hammersmith Society chairman during the meeting, replacing Rosemary Pettit after three years.

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