Hammersmith Society makes no award

Octavia westville The Hammersmith Society couldn’t find a building good enough to win its Environment Award this year, but still managed to find buildings worthy of praise and criticism.

The Awards, which have been running for 20 years, aim to celebrate the best, and worst, new building projects around Hammersmith and Fulham.This year, there were “fewer nominations (for the Awards) than often in the past – a reflection on the economic climate”, according to the Society. This left them unable to make their Environmental Award, but they still managed to hand out a few wooden spoons to what it calls “urban design disasters”.

The Conservation Award went to Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands architects for their elegant restoration of the former Island Records headquarters in St Peter’s Square, Hammersmith. LDS were also commended for preserving the Royal Chiswick Laundry buildings at the back of the building in British Grove, retaining the brickwork and stone engraving.

An Octavia Housing scheme (pictured) by Paper Project in Westville Road, Shepherd’s Bush, won the Nancye Goulden award for a smaller project thanks to its “understated elegance and calm modern design.”

Westfield picked up a wooden spoon for its green cladding, and “failure to carry out landscaping on all sides”, as did the blue external paint on the red brick of Broadway Chambers, on Hammersmith Broadway.

The Society also criticised the Council for allowing large-scale advertising hoardings, including a new tower at the junction of Talgarth Road and Fulham Palace Road.

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