New London Architecture

New London Awards 2021

Supported by the Mayor of London, NLA’s annual Awards seek projects of the highest design quality which make a positive contribution to their surroundings and life in the capital.
A prestigious international jury of architecture and urban design experts, advised by a team of London-based expert assessors, will select winners, both built and unbuilt, in 14 different categories.


All shortlisted and winning projects will:
  • Be reviewed by an eminent international jury and a panel of London’s based experts 
  • Be included in the People’s Choice award, where Londoners will be called to vote for their favourite projects with active social media campaigns
  • Feature in the permanent online directory at
  • Feature on NLA’s instagram and twitter accounts (+39,000 followers)
  • Feed into the year-round NLA programme of online content, research, events, magazines, tours and more.

Winning projects will also:
  •  Have the opportunity to write a blog / comment piece / article on the winning project to feature in NLA’s online content schedule
  •  Badged as winners in the permanent online directory at
  •  Be celebrated on NLA’s instagram and facebook with a project story
  •  Be invited to contribute a blog post to NLA’s news section


1 – List your project
As part of our online project directory, the first step is to list the basic information of your project. This can then be automatically applied for all future submissions. To list your project click here.

2 – Fill in the submission form
Using your listed project, supply additional information as required for the category and special prizes you wish to be considered for. Please find the detailed requirements of the form here.

*You can save the form and come back to it later, just log in to your business account and visit the 'Project and submissions' section to view all draft submissions.

3 – Pay and submit 
Once complete, submit the form and pay the submission cost by Monday 14 June 2021 at 18:00. When submitted you will receive a confirmation email from


If your company is a Business Member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of your discount, see how here.

Partner members – £199+VAT
Standard business members – £249+VAT
Full price (non-members) – £295+VAT
If you have any queries, please contact Andre Holmqvist, on 020 7636 4044 or via


NLA has a vision for a New London: for a city that is sustainable, civilised and egalitarian, that seeks to improve the quality and standards of new design and respects its rich mix of old and new, that supports the regeneration of its towns, and that strives to improve the usability of its streets and public spaces.
The Awards celebrate all scales of projects, from community-led to large-scale mixed-use developments, both built and unbuilt, that contribute to and enhance this vision of the city.
Across all 14 categories, including UNBUILT, the jury will be looking for projects that demonstrate:
  • High quality design that respects its context and enhances London’s rich mix of old and new;
  • A wider contribution to placemaking, improving the social, cultural and economic character of the local area;
  • Advancing knowledge and skills around the design, delivery, construction and funding of projects for the capital;
  • Longevity, through efficient use of resources, energy and consideration of long-term use and financial viability.


From submission onwards, the projects undergo the following selection process…

Quality review – NLA review submissions for compliance with submission requirements, incomplete or missing information.

A team of London-based cross-sector Expert Assessors are invited to review the entries and help create the shortlist of projects for each of the 13 categories. Every year we bring a different group of people together who contribute with first-hand knowledge and impartial judgment to select a broad representation of relevant projects contributing to London’s built environment.  

Site visits
Expert Assessors are encouraged to visit selected projects to inform the shortlisting decision and to be able to make a knowledgeable objective presentation to the International Jury. 

Jury selection
Expert Assessors present shortlisted projects to an International Jury.
The assessors give careful consideration as to the reasons for selecting each project, and communicate their motivations to the International Jury. Each Expert Assessor presents the selected projects to be considered for an award, introducing the scheme in the most objective way possible, highlighting its relevance to London. The International Jury bring their global experience in order to select outstanding contributions to the city. The International Jury select the final winners, commendations and special prizes.



Sponsored by Hayes Davidson
Looking for the best new projects yet to be completed in London from across sectors. These projects will exemplify a future for London that is sustainable, diverse and egalitarian. These prizes will be awarded in this category; small sites (under £10m): large sites (over £10m): and masterplans.


Projects that are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners, young and old, from hospitals and healthcare facilities to housing for an ageing population. 
Sponsored by Urban Space Management
The restoration and reuse of buildings, across any sector, where efficient use is made of existing fabric and embodied energy: from historic restorations to contemporary insertions and retrofit buildings.
The best examples of individual new homes in small sites across the capital, from one up to five units.
Civic buildings, museums, galleries, theatres, libraries, sports facilities, community hubs and youth centres – projects that put cultural experience at the heart to create better places for local residents and international visitors.
Multi-unit residential projects of any tenure – from social housing to PRS to prime resi, creating exemplary new places for people to live.
Educational establishments of all kinds – nurseries, schools, academies, universities, training centres – where design enhances the learning experience.
Projects that embrace the city as a work in progress, enlivening spaces, places and high streets over a short-term period, while supporting long-term ambitions.
Buildings with a complementary mix of work-live-play, designed holistically to meet the needs of a number of different activities and communities.
Transport projects and related architecture that improve the experience of travelling around the city and infrastructure projects which through the transport of water, waste or energy, help London work more efficiently and sustainably.
Sponsored by Vestre
New or rediscovered public spaces; parts of London that have been given new life through improvements to streets, squares, playgrounds, water spaces or parks.
Sponsored by VU.CITY
Masterplans and area-wide regeneration strategies that create entire new parts of the city.
Hotels, restaurants and bars, markets and shops that welcome guests and enhance the leisure offers and hospitality experience for visitors and Londoners alike.
From office buildings and interiors to co-working hubs and affordable workspaces for making and manufacturing – new projects that create inspiring working environments. 


Supported by the Mayor of London
The Mayor’s Prize in 2021 will celebrate projects that provide lessons for the role that high streets can play in London’s recovery from the pandemic and its social and economic impacts. It will highlight exemplary projects and initiatives that can guide and inform the London Recovery Board’s mission objective to ‘deliver enhanced public spaces and exciting new uses for underused high street buildings in every Borough by 2025, working with London's diverse communities’. It will celebrate work that imbeds the principles set out in the Mayor’s Good Growth by Design ‘High Streets & Town Centres: Adaptive Strategies’ guidance.

Celebrating community-driven design and collaboration, the Community Prize will be awarded to the scheme that demonstrates the most positive and meaningful impact on the place where it is located. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be exemplary in their response to the social context, contributing to a sense of local identity and helping communities to thrive
Recognising the most sustainable projects in the capital, the Environmental Prize will be awarded to the scheme that shows design strategies that minimise environmental impact as well as an efficient use of materials, a low carbon footprint and innovation. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be exemplar in creating a more socially and environmentally sustainable net-zero city.  
Sponsored by Airflow 
Projects that put wellbeing at the heart of the design, this prize will be awarded to the scheme that best shows how design approaches that consider key spatial conditions – such as the quality of air, water, light and comfort – can aid mental and physical wellbeing of the people that live or work in them. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be exemplar in finding ways to create spaces which make people feel better when they inhabit them.
In association with the London Festival of Architecture
During the London Festival of Architecture, Londoners are invited to vote for their favourite project from the 2020 shortlist. The project with the most votes will be awarded with the People’s Choice Award.

The New Londoner of the Year Awards celebrates the person who New London Architecture feels has had the most significant impact in shaping the vision of New London, making a positive contribution to the city, and furthering discourse around the future of the London and the built environment industry, whether that is working on a community-led project or leading on significant developments across London. 


  • Any company involved in the planning, design or construction of a project is eligible to enter the project into the New London Awards.
  • The project must be located within any of the 33 London Boroughs.
  • Submitted projects can be at any stage from completion to on the drawing board. A ‘built’ project must have achieved practical completion within the last two years (between 10 May 2019 and 10 May 2021). An ‘unbuilt’ project must have a real site, and be at any stage of design or construction at time of entry on 10 May 2021. Any project completed before 10 May 2019 will not be eligible.


  • The project team are encouraged to consult with other members and their client to avoid duplicate entries.
  • Team credits. We recommend you credit the following as a minimum: Client, Architect, Structural Engineer, M&E / Sustainability Engineer, Planning Consultant, Project Manager / Cost Consultant, Contractor.
  • The company submitting the entry must list all consultants and principal contractors working on the project and have sought the written permission of the land/building owner or project client.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries from any one organisation. Projects submitted in previous years may be resubmitted, a maximum of twice 
  • Projects can be entered into more than one category where appropriate but will require separate submission applications with a dedicated project overview tailored to each category. A separate entry fee applies for each project per category. This does not apply to Special Prizes, which may be entered in addition to the category selected without additional payment.
  • All entries should be submitted on the online entry form, accessible from the NLA website.



Deadline: Monday 14 June 2021

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