Press Release: 01:02:19
Camden-based housing development the Agar Grove Estate scooped the Terence O’Rourke sponsored Mayor’s Award for Sustainable and Environmental Planning at the London Planning Awards 2019 ceremony, which took place at the National Gallery (31 January 2018).
The award, which was jointly presented by Terence O’Rourke Director Jacqueline Mulliner and Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, celebrates standout development schemes that make a positive and sustainable impact on their surroundings and to local communities. Agar Grove Estate is Camden Council’s largest community project which, when fully completed, will provide 500 new homes for existing and new residents.
The awards come at a time when the proportion of Londoners open to new homes being built in their local area has fallen, according to a new YouGov poll conducted for business campaigning group, London First, to mark the London Planning Awards.
The poll of more than 1000 Londoners, conducted by YouGov, shows that only half would welcome more homes being built in their area, down from 57 per cent last year. However, housing clearly remains a priority, with two thirds (66 per cent) saying the Government is not spending enough time on addressing the issue and three-quarters (74%) saying there is a housing shortage in the capital.
The London Planning Awards, now in its 16th year, celebrates standout planning and development projects from the last 12 months. It is organised by London First, London’s leading business group, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society London, and the Royal Town Planning Institute.
This year’s shortlist showcased a diverse range of entries, from large-scale living and working spaces, through to small and innovative infill projects, including London Wall Place, the South London Gallery Fire Station, and Westbourne Park Baptist Church.
The award for best new workspace went to No 1 New Oxford Street, the stunning new Art Deco development that straddles Covent Garden and Bloomsbury, providing over 95,000 square feet of office accommodation. Television Centre, the renovated former BBC media headquarters which provides a combination of homes, and office and retail space, was awarded the gong for best mixed-use scheme.
Commenting on the success of the award winners:
Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ Executive Member for Housing & Planning, said: “London faces a worsening homelessness crisis. With 55,000 London households living in temporary accommodation, it’s essential that we build more homes.
“But it’s also crucial that development is high quality, environmentally sustainable, and wins the support of the local community.”
John Walker, Secretary of the Planning Officers Society London, said:
“This year saw the strongest set of entries since the London Planning Awards started. It was difficult for the judges to compile a shortlist for each category given the quality of submissions and the winners can take great pride in knowing they have beaten off tremendous competition”.
RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI said: “From Camden to Tolworth and from the West End to Walthamstow, these innovative projects demonstrate how London’s planners are using their passion and skills to do exactly what planners should be doing – creatively solving the capital’s important spatial issues for the benefit of society, our communities, the economy and the environment.”
As well as sponsoring an award, Terence O’Rourke was also a conference partner and chaired a session during the London Building summit, on the subject of London and other UK cities joining together to grow sustainably and attract foreign investment.