Hackney Design Awards - shortlist announced and People s Choice Award launched

Twenty buildings and designed spaces in Hackney have been short-listed for the Hackney Design Awards 2010.

And for the first time, residents and visitors to the borough have the chance to be involved by choosing their favourite scheme from the short-list.

The entry which receives the most votes from the public will be announced the People’s Choice at the awards ceremony in November.

The judging panel - including architects and experts in development and the built environment - chose the short-listed entries for their high quality, contemporary designs and contribution to the surrounding area.

The awards are run by Hackney Council on a bi-annual basis and illustrate the Council’s commitment to the promotion and celebration of high quality design within the urban environment.

Mayor Pipe said: “The Design Awards are a celebration of the great design and architecture in Hackney. The Council continues to encourage excellence in all development as we know that high quality buildings and public spaces make a real difference to our neighbourhoods.”

The nominations were judged by experts in the field of architecture including Kieran Long, architecture journalist, critic and teacher; and Lisa Rigg of the Hackney Society. The key note speaker at the awards ceremony in November will be leading architect Sir Terry Farrell.

To vote for the People s Choice Award - and be in with the chance of winning one of 10 pairs of tickets to the awards ceremony:

Phone: 020 8356 8141

Closing date to vote in People s Choice Award is 25 October 2010.

The short-listed schemes:

1. Well Street Surgery, E9
Architect: Stock Woolstencroft
Contractor: RNR Construction
Client: Healthlink Investments for Well Street Surgery
Located on the site of a Victorian textile factory, the surgery provides a ‘one stop shop’ for primary healthcare.

2. Mare Street Improvements, E8
Architect: London Borough of Hackney
Contractor: Volker Highways
Client: London Borough of Hackney
Major street improvements to a stretch of Mare Street between Amhurst Road and Brenthouse Road.

3. City Academy, E9
Architect: Studio E Architect
Contractor: Wilmott Dixon Construction
Client: City Academy Trust and The Learning Trust
One of Hackney’s five academies, built on a long, thin plot that weaves around existing trees, the design maximises use of natural light.

4. Clapton Girls’ Technology College, E5
Architect: Jestico & Whiles
Contractor: Mansell
Client: London Borough of Hackney
Transformed through Hackney’s ongoing Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

5. Clapton Library, E5
Architect: Shepheard Epstein Hunter
Contractor: Total Construction Ltd
Client: London Borough of Hackney
The Council’s refurbishment strips back the mid-20th century alterations to architect Sir Edwin Cooper’s 1914 Grade II listed building.

6. Leaside Road , E5
Architect: Waugh Thistleton
Contractor: Verry Construction
Client: Metropolitan Housing Trust
An 82-unit scheme along the River Lea, with four residential blocks – two private and two affordable housing – and a warehouse building.

7. Stoke Newington Town Hall, N16
Architect: HawkinsBrown
Contractor: Killby & Gayford Limited
Client: London Borough of Hackney
The Council’s refurbishment of this Grade II listed building has has restored the stunning Art Deco venue to the glory of its heyday.

8. Stoke Newington School, N16
Architect: Jestico & Whiles
Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
Client: London Borough of Hackney
Another BSF beneficiary, it has seen the majority of its buildings refurbished, and new buildings added to provide state-of-the-art, inspirational spaces.

9. Milton Gardens Youth Centre, N16
Architect: Matthew Lloyd Architects
Contractor: T&B Contractors
Client: Learning Trust
Originally built as a garage block, the centre is a sophisticated modern facility with flexible multi-use spaces surrounding a central hub.

10. Dalston Lane South, E8
Architect: Goddard Manton
Contractor: Barratt Homes London
Client: Barratt Homes London
A mainly residential development that incorporates retail and community uses at ground level and also includes a new public open space.

11. The Barn & Eco Garden, E8
Architect: J&L Gibbons, EXYZT, MUF art/architecture
Contractor: PGSD Ltd, Davies and Davies (Group) Ltd
Client: London Borough of Hackney, Design for London
Garden, woodland and an open-sided barn structure for flexible use that evolved from a three-week project in 2009.

12. 39 Parkholme Road, E8
Architect: Macdonald Wright
Contractor: Ebcobuild
Client: James Wright and Tamara Tracz
Victorian terraced house in a conservation area, restored and remodelled to create a flexible home for a growing family.

13. Wenlock Building, N1
Architect: HawkinsBrown
Contractor: Modern City Living, United House
Client: Modern City Living, United House, Londonewcastle Developments
Mixed-use scheme providing 82 residential units and 3000m2 of office and restaurant space.

14. SoDa Studios, E8
Architect: Thinking Space
Contractor: i-Build Construction
Client: Investland
A live/work scheme providing 46 apartments as well as commercial spaces, as well as an internal courtyard for communal use

15. Bridge Academy, E2
Architect: BDP Architects
Contractor: Mace Plus
Client: UBS Investments Bank
Another of Hackney’s five Academies, the space has been maximised by building upwards and creating a ‘vertical’ school.

16. Hoxton Overground Station, E2
Architect: Weston Williamson
Contractor: Balfour Beatty & Carillion
Client: Transport for London
One of four new stations for Hackney created by the East London Line extension. It fits into and above the arches of the former railway viaduct.

17. 22-24 Bateman’s Row, EC2
Architect: Theis and Khan Architects
Contractor: Silver Interior Design and Build Ltd
Client: Patrick Theis and Soraya Khan
Maximises accommodation for both commercial and residential units and makes the most of a confined site.

18. Shoreditch Rooms, E1
Architect: Jestico & Whiles
Contractor: Mansell
Client: Derwent London PLC
Shoreditch Rooms brings 26 light airy bedrooms to Shoreditch House, featuring vintage twists within an urban setting.

19. 30 Crown Place, EC2
Architect: Horden Cherry Lee
Contractor: Skanska
Client: Greycoat Real Estate LLP
A flexible office building with an unusual form, Crown Place is a public space creating a recognisable commercial address in Hackney.

20. Urbanest - Hoxton, N1
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Contractor: Mansell
Client: urbanest
A student residence with 134 studios; 36 single rooms in flats; and 50 twin rooms sharing a shower and kitchenette.

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