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Designed to triumph

by Marco Cillario Thu 8 June 2017, 12:46 pm

Architectural success was celebrated at this yearís Waltham Forest Design Awards.

Prizes were awarded at a ceremony on 25 April for Best Public Realm Project, Best Civic Project, Most Creative Building Reuse and Best Residential Scheme.

Nominations included buildings, conversions, restorations and residential extensions completed in the borough since 2014.

The Scene was awarded a special accolade for Outstanding Contribution to the Regeneration of Walthamstow Town Centre. Completed in 2015, it includes 121 homes, a nine-screen cinema and five restaurants and created more than 100 jobs.

The £24 million scheme was the result of a partnership between developer Hill, Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) and Waltham Forest Council. 

It includes 60% affordable housing for rent and shared ownership developed for ISHA and 48 new homes for sale delivered by Hill Residential. The rented homes were let to nominations from Waltham Forest Council. The shared ownership properties were prioritised for people with local connections, including council tenants.   

“We are particularly pleased as this is the second time running ISHA has won a Waltham Forest Design Award,” said Colin Archer, director of development at the organisation.

The last time the awards were held, in 2014, ISHA won Best Residential Scheme for a project on Higham Hill Road.

Central Parade won the Most Creative Reuse award: the scheme saw a former 1960s office building transformed into retail and co-working spaces for creative businesses.

Leytonstone Library, a Grade-II listed building, was hailed as Best Civic Project for its internal renovations.

Golden Parade scooped the Best Public Realm Project award for its improvements to the shopfronts and building frontages on Wood Street. The Pump House won Best Residential Scheme for its redevelopment of the industrial history museum building to create 21 homes.

The judging panel included Steve Walker from the Royal Institute of British Architects, Ruth Richards from the Royal Town Planning Institute, Councillor Kastriot Berberi from Waltham Forest Council and Laura O’Callaghan of The Waltham Forest Guardian.

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