Capital’s cutting-edge architecture to be recognised
People are set to vote for their favourite Westminster building in a new architecture award – the first of its kind in London.
Westminster City Council is launching a new ‘People’s Choice’ award as part of a broader campaign to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building and to promote design excellence.
The council, which is the planning authority with responsibility for the area holding some of the world’s most famous landmarks, will run the award from 2017 with aim of recognising a cutting edge, high quality design from the past 5 years.
Westminster residents will be asked to pick their favourites from a shortlist, narrowed down by a panel of local councillors and outside experts.
The award is being pioneered by Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, Westminster City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment.
Cllr Davis, who has had a lifelong passion for good design, said: “Brilliant architectural design sets the tone for an area. Outstanding design should be recognised and the best people to ask are those who live and work amongst these eye-catching buildings.
“We expect a high standard from developers, who we trust with the heritage of our great City of Westminster. Architects can have a huge impact on health and wellbeing, reducing crime and giving people environmentally friendly and beautiful buildings to enjoy.
“My abiding principle at Westminster City Council has always been to deliver public spaces that inspire and create a sense of destination. Westminster is special, so our buildings should be special too.”