Nominations now open for 2018 Hackney Design Awards

The ninth-biennial Hackney Design Awards have launched, with nominations now open for the best new buildings and public spaces in the borough.

The prestigious awards, which began in 2004, celebrate the best of the borough’s architecture and design, including new buildings, alterations, extensions, restorations, and public space and landscaping projects in streets and parks.

Previous winners, such as Bateman’s Row by Theis and Khan Architects, and Barrett's Grove by Groupwork and Amin Taha, have gone on to be shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Anyone can nominate: architects, residents who live in newly developed homes, employees who enjoy their workplace, or people who are inspired by a new building or place.

A variety of different projects are eligible for the awards, including those for residential, commercial, community, educational and industrial use.

Entries will be shortlisted and judged by an independent panel of architects and urban design experts. The awards will be announced later in the year.

To be eligible for an award, buildings or projects must be from Hackney and have been completed and in use in the last two years.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment
The Hackney Design Awards celebrate great architecture in our borough and recognise the contribution that good design makes to our neighbourhoods and our quality of life.

Anyone can nominate any new building or public space, which can be in any style from contemporary to heritage, small or large. You could recognise new ways of using indoor or outdoor spaces, the use of new forms of building materials or construction techniques. You might want to recognise the role of architecture in reducing our energy consumption or how good design can help tackle climate change.

Now's the time to nominate your favourite new building and get it recognised as one of the borough’s best!
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment

Amin Taha, one of the Hackney Design Awards 2016 winners, said: “Hackney Council actively supports and endorses high quality architecture and urban design and as a previous recipient of a Hackney Design award we were delighted that our project at Barrett’s Grove was recognised alongside an eclectic mix of high quality design and award-winning projects.”

For more details and to make a nomination, visit Hackney Design Awards, email designawards@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 2385. Nominations close on 16 July.

View and download images of the 2016 Hackney Design Awards winners.

The winners in 2016 were: