Hackney Marshes wins London Planning Award

This week Hackney Marshes Centre, designed by Stanton Williams for London Borough of Hackney, was awarded a London Planning Award for the Best Project Five Years On.

Hackney Marshes is best known as the London home of amateur Sunday League football. Stanton Williams was commissioned to provide a new ‘Community Hub’ at the South Marsh, comprising new changing rooms, acafé, and an education facility. They are housed in a welcoming, inclusive structure that recognises the special qualities of this place and connects with its wider setting, including the adjacent Olympic Park.

Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards is the most prestigious event for the planning and development sector.

Contenders were nominated by the property sector with the final shortlist judged by a panel of experts from the Greater London Authority, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils. The awards were presented by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, at a ceremony at City Hall attended by leading developers and prominent local government officials.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said:
"Top quality, creative planning is absolutely crucial if London is to continue to be the best city in the world to live, work and visit. Congratulations to the winners who are leading the way in innovative design to ensure we are creating the homes, offices, open spaces and cultural venues that are not only attractive to our communities, but will stand the test of time."

Baroness JoValentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“Our built environment is vital if London is to succeed in meeting the challenges ahead but as these winners show, the strength of this sector in our capital is more than capable of keeping London a world class city.”