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Top planning award goes to Olympic Park housing project

A residential development on the former Olympic Park has scooped London mayor Boris Johnson’s planning excellence award at this year’s London Planning Awards.

The East Village, which comprises 3,000 new homes, also took the best new place to live award at a ceremony in the capital yesterday.

In the best built project five years on category the restored London St Pancras International railway station was beaten to the title by the Royal Festival Hall, which was said to have acted as a catalyst for regeneration and to have been maintained in excellent condition.

Heritage projects involving the restoration of Grade I listed Roehampton House and the William Morris Gallery and Gardens, both in South London, were jointly awarded the best historic building management award.

The annual London Planning Awards are jointly run by the mayor, business lobby group London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils.

“When you look at the winners - take the restoration of Roehampton’s heritage sites for example - it shows even the toughest builds can be realised and areas brought back to life,” said London First chief executive Baroness Valentine.

“In Roehampton’s case, the restoration had to be sensitively done and comply with strict regulations, but still deliver high-end property that the market wanted. Our winners demonstrate what is possible when we work together to create great buildings, places and neighbourhoods.”

The winners

Best Built Project: The North East Quadrant (Borough of Camden)
Best Built Project - Community Scale: The Glass Mill, Lewisham
Best Conceptual Project: Copley Close in Ealing
Best New Place to Live: East Village
Best New Public Space: Brown Hart Gardens
Best Built Project Five Years On: Royal Festival Hall
Best Historic Building Management: Restoring Roehampton’s Heritage and The William Morris Gallery and Gardens
Best Town Centre Project: Woolwich Squares
London Planning Person of the Year:
Alastair Smart, Head of Development and Project Management, The Crown Estates
Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence: East Village

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