Lewisham projects shortlisted for London Planning Awards

London planning awards 2011. Pic: London First

An award-winning urban green space and an iconic school development in Lewisham have been shortlisted for the tenth London Planning Awards.

Ladywell Fields has been nominated for Best New Public Space after receiving a Green Flag Award for quality public green spaces. The park underwent development in 2011 to open up its river for public use and features a skatepark, tennis courts and access for visitors to paddle in the water.

Best Built Project nominee Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge is a unique architectural concept that faces competition from sites like the Olympic Parklands. As a replacement primary school, Tidemill benefits from sharing the Lounge’s state-of-the-art learning centre and library.

A spokesperson for Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, the group responsible for designing the academy, said: “Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge combines a school, a library, community learning facilities, council services, work studios and affordable housing, all in a single venue.

“It is a great achievement to be shortlisted for a prestigious London Planning Award. The scheme is already proving to be popular with the community and is the centerpiece of a five-year regeneration programme led by Lewisham Council.”

The awards are held every year to recognise excellence and showcase examples that are “leading the urban renaissance in London”. Winners are selected by a panel including the Mayor of London, non-profit business organisation London First and think-tank London Councils.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “For more than a decade these awards have inspired us with new ideas to create places and spaces, making our great city an even better place to live, work and invest in.

“Once again we have a fantastic awards shortlist and I’m looking forward to sifting through them to find the winners that will raise the benchmark for great planning and design in the capital.”

The Croydon Metropolitan Centre has also been nominated for the Best Town Centre project.

The Mayor will present the awards on January 31, 2013 in a ceremony held at City Hall. The Mayor will also be represented on the judging panel.

The 2012 deadline for entries is now closed. For more information, or to find out who has been nominated in your borough, visit londonplanningawards.com.

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