The Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple was among the winners at the capital’s top planning awards.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced the winners of the London Planning Awards at City Hall, calling their boldness and creativity “integral to London’s success” as the capital grows by 100,000 people a year.
The London Planning Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of planners to the capital’s urban regeneration. They are organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils.
The winners were:
- The Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence: Bow Cross, by the Swan Housing Association
- Best New Place to Work: Pill Box, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Refurbished by Workspace Group
- Best Community Led Project: Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple (above and right), in the London Borough of Brent. LTS Architects (UK), Engineers HRW, Max Fordham, Shree Hari Construction, LDA Design, Sutton Vane, Michael Grubb, Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gad
- Best Conceptual Project: The London Underline, developed by Gensler in collaboration with PaveGen Systems and Momentum
- Best New Place to Live: Vivo & So Stepney, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Designed by Levitt Bernstein, for the East Thames Group and Bellway Homes
- Best New public Space: Clapham Old Town Regeneration Project (right). Designed by Urban Movement for the London Borough of Lambeth.
- Best Project Five Years On: Bow Cross, by the Swan Housing Association
- Best Heritage-led Project: Tottenham Town Hall and Isobel Place in the London Borough of Haringey, by Newlon Housing Trust
- Best Town Centre Project: Stockwell Street at the University of Greenwich. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects for Deloitte Real Estate and the University of Greenwich
- London Planning and Development Person of the Year: John Turner, Town Planning Director, Ballymore Group
Baroness Jo Valentine, CEO, London First, said: “These awards show what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work together. We now have a great opportunity to focus this teamwork on London’s Opportunity Areas and Intensification Areas. The Mayor has earmarked these sites for large scale development and they could deliver 300,000 homes and almost 600,000 jobs. Such developments will help sustain London’s rapid growth and the planning sector will be crucial to unlocking their potential.”
The West London Winner
Best Community Led Project: Shree Swaminarayan Mandir temple, in the London Borough of Brent. LTS Architects (UK), Engineers HRW, Max Fordham, Shree Hari Construction, LDA Design, Sutton Vane, Michael Grubb, Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.
This project was the manifestation of a vision the local Swaminarayan community have nurtured for 25 years. The temple was funded and built by the local community, and whilst specific to the local Hindu population, the complex also serves the wider community. The multi-function hall is a bookable resource for local schools and residents, and approximately one third of the site provides subsidised work space for local businesses. The opening of the temple was marked by a parade attended by 2000 local people.