Launch of Hackney Design Awards 2008

Hackney Council has started the search for the best designed buildings and spaces in the borough, with the launch of the Hackney Design Awards 2008.

The 2008 awards were launched last night (Tuesday 22 July) at The Water House Restaurant, N1. Speakers included: Jules Pipe, elected Mayor of Hackney; Russell Brown of Hawkins Brown Architects and Chair of Hackney s Design Review Panel; and David Ubaka, Assistant Director of Design for London.

The awards illustrate the Council’s commitment to the promotion and celebration of high quality design within the built environment.

Nominations for buildings or designed spaces within Hackney that showcase high quality contemporary design are open from 23 July to 30 September. Anyone can make a nomination, including architects who have completed a scheme and residents or visitors who have spotted an outstanding building in Hackney.

Entries to Hackney s Design Awards will be short-listed and judged by an independent panel. The final award ceremony will be held in January 2009.

Jules Pipe, elected Mayor of Hackney, said: “Inspirational design brings strong neighbourhoods with well thought out buildings and public spaces. We have some outstanding examples of good design and architecture in Hackney and I would encourage as many entries as possible for the Hackney Design Awards 2008.”

For more information about the Hackney Design Awards 2008, please contact Jennifer Gavin on 020 8356 8164 or