Rectory Farm wins planning award

The winners of the London Planning Awards 2018 have been unveiled, including Formal Investments Rectory Farm cut-and-cover industrial scheme.

Rectory Farm won the Mayor’s Award for Innovation in Planning. The scheme will deliver new underground warehouses in a greenbelt location, minimising disruption to residents and enhancing the green belt. The entry was jointly submitted by London Borough of Hounslow and Formal Investments, along with the professional team on the project, DP9, Carmody Groarke, ARUP, and VOGT Landscape.

It joins Bloomberg’s striking new European headquarters in the city’s Square Mile; Dollar Bay, a new residential building in Canary Wharf that uses dock water to cool the building; and St James’s Market, over 261,000 sq ft of offices, shops and restaurants centred around a new public square on Regent’s Street as a 2018 winner.

The re-development of King’s Cross Station has also been recognised with the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence.

The London Planning Awards, now in its 15th year, is organised by London First in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and Headline Partner, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.

Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of London First, said: “These projects are helping to build London’s future, from new ideas for communal spaces to using the capital’s docks to help cool a building. As London continues to grow, we’ll need ingenuity and imagination to build the places people want to live and work in – and this year’s awards shows the wealth of talent we have working for our city.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “My congratulations to this year’s winners, all of which once again demonstrate the sheer range of talent in the capital. London continues to be an exemplar of good planning and design.

“The capital’s rapid growth brings with it many challenges and planning has a crucial role to play in ensuring these challenges are met. It’s only right we recognise the creativity and innovation which is helping create a city fit for the future.”

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