A number of new buildings and schemes within Westminster have been honoured by design awards. Three schemes in Westminster gained Civic Trust Awards in 2009 and St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square gained a Civic Trust Special Award for 2010. The Oxford Crcus Streetscape Improvements and Diagonal Crossing won an award in 2011.
AWARD WINNER 2011
OXFORD CIRCUS STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS
Landscape Designer: Atkins
The removal of street clutter and redundant barriers, the widening of kerb lines and the introduction of the diagonal crossing has completely transformed the pedestrian's experience of one of London's busiest and most important intersections, to a generous uncluttered space.
SPECIAL AWARD WINNER 2010
Architect: Eric Parry Architects
The renewal of the iconic James Gibbs-designed 18th Century St Martin’s Church and Crypt is an example of building conservation at its best. The works undertaken to connect each element of the site creates a series of uplifting spaces, better able to respond to the needs of the various users. The regeneration has greatly enhanced Trafalgar Square creating safer, more attractive public spaces that have been designed around inclusion and focuses on user groups. Interwoven through all parts of the project is a thorough commitment to sustainability and the intelligent use of energy and resources, proving that even listed buildings with complex mixes of uses can be exemplars of sustainability. The combination of restoration and new build elements have delivered significant social benefits, enhancement of the public realm and high quality of the architectural design whilst demonstrating a commitment to a sustainable design.
AWARD WINNERS 2009
Architect: Squire and Partners
Owner: Reiss Ltd
A striking mixed use development which houses a flagship store, design studios, managerial hub, cutting rooms and penthouse. To the rear, 13 residential apartments have been created behind a retained Victorian facade. The whole front facade is concealed behind an opaque veil of acrylic panels lit by LED light strips so that the whole building glows in the dark.
(Photograph by Will Pryce)
WESTMINSTER ACADEMY at the NAIM DANGOOR CENTRE AHMM
Owner: Westminster Academy, Westminster City Council and Exilarch Foundation
Situated on the Harrow Road, this new secondary school seeks to create a completely different learning environment. The five storey building is designed around a dramatic open central atrium. Outside the facades are clad in bands of brightly coloured terracotta tiles in green and yellow, while cantilevered balconies overlooking the terraced landscape provide sheltered outdoor spaces.
(Photograph by Timothy Soar)
ONE VINE STREET (Commendation)
Architect: Allies and Morrison
Owner: The Crown Estate
Set within the Regent Street Conservation Area, the Grade II listed Nash facades of Regent Street have been retained and restored, while behind, the site has been transformed into an integrated mixed use scheme.
(Photograph by Dennis Gilbert)
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