Nominations now open for 2022 Hackney Design Awards

The 2022 Hackney Design Awards have been launched, with nominations now open for best new buildings and public spaces in the borough. 

The biennial awards, which began in 2004, celebrate the best of the borough’s architecture and design, including new buildings, extensions, restorations, public space and landscaping projects in streets and parks. Nominations are open to all and can be for any building or project for residential, commercial or community use that inspires or impresses. 

This year, two new special categories have been added. The Climate Change & Sustainability Award is for innovative projects which support Hackney’s pledge to tackle the climate crisis and become a net zero carbon borough by 2040, while the Heritage & Restoration Award is for restorations, buildings or extensions within a heritage setting that respect and celebrate the historic environment and show local distinctiveness.

Other categories include the People’s Choice Award, launched in 2010, which offers residents an opportunity to vote for their favourite project from the full list of shortlisted nominations. The award panel will particularly be looking for projects that demonstrate innovation in sustainability and heritage conservation. 

The long-running Hackney Design Awards celebrate the very best of design in Hackney's built environment. This year we are proud to launch a special award category which promotes Hackney’s ambitious aim of becoming a net zero Council by 2040. The Climate Change & Sustainability Award will showcase innovative and low carbon designs demonstrating a direct contribution to Hackney’s climate pledge. The Design Awards are open to all so I encourage everyone to get involved and nominate their favourite projects in their local area.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Delivery, Inclusive Economy and Regeneration

2020’s winners include Aikin Villas, one of Hackney Council’s first new houses built for social rent since the early 80s, the Floating Church, a new-build wide beam narrowboat with an innovative 8.5m long pop-up roof, and the Hackney School of Food, a disused caretaker’s house converted into a specialist teaching kitchen to deliver food education and nutrition to Hackney schools.

For more details and to make a nomination, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/designawards, email designawards@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 8106. Nominations close on 26 August.

Notes for editors

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

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