Hackney Design Awards 2008 – shortlist announced

Twenty buildings and designed spaces in Hackney have been shortlisted for the Hackney Design Awards 2008.

The judging panel - including architects and experts in development and the built environment - chose the 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 built environment.

Shortlisted entries are evenly spread across five areas: large housing schemes; private residences; education/community schemes; public realm (public spaces); commercial/work/arts schemes.

The 20 shortlisted schemes include:
•an environmental resource centre at Hackney City Farm - used locally sourced materials, including sheep’s wool from the farm to insulate the walls
•Gillett Square in Dalston – a flexible public space which hosts community events including dance, music and art exhibitions
•the Petchey Academy – a 1,200 place secondary school for students aged 11 to 18 which can also be used by the local community
•Shoreditch prototype house – developed as a prototype low energy house for a dense urban site, with office/studio on the ground floor, living on first floor and bedrooms on upper levels
•Queensbridge Quarter – a redevelopment on the Holly Street Estate with 151 affordable and private homes including three and four bed houses and one and two bed flates. Residents were involved in the design from the beginning of the project in 1999.
•Rooftop garden apartment – six bedroom, two storey family house and garden built onto the roof of an 1890s Victorian warehouse building, presenting a solution for building in an increasingly dense area.

Jules Pipe, elected Mayor of Hackney, said: “The shortlisted buildings and public spaces show the high quality and diversity of development and architecture across our borough. Each shows how inspirational design contributes to the surrounding area and helps create strong neighbourhoods.”

Cllr Darren Parker, Hackney’s design champion and one of the judges, said: “The Hackney Design Awards are a great way to encourage developers and architects alike to bring forward well designed buildings and public spaces in our borough.”

Winning schemes will be announced at a ceremony in early February 2009.