New London Architecture

New London Awards 2022

Supported by the Mayor of London, New London Awards celebrate London, seeking the very best new projects across every sector; uniquely recognising built and unbuilt schemes - those that are making and will make a positive contribution to their surroundings.  In each category, built and unbuilt projects will be judged separately. 
 
A prestigious international jury of architecture and urban design experts, advised by a team of London-based expert assessors, will select winners in 14 categories and 6 special prizes including the Mayor's Prize.

WHY ENTER

All shortlisted and winning projects will:
  • Be reviewed by leaders working in London and internationally, including an eminent international jury and a panel of London based experts 
  • Feature in the permanent online directory at nla.london
  • Be celebrated on NLA’s social media channels with a project feature
  • Feed into the year-round NLA programme of online content, research, events, magazines, tours and more
  • Be included in the People’s Choice Prize, where Londoners will be called to vote for their favourite projects with active social media campaigns
 
Winning projects will also:
  • Be badged as winners in the permanent online directory at nla.london
  • Be celebrated on NLA’s social media channels
  • Be invited to contribute a blog post to NLA’s news section

HOW TO ENTER

1 – List your project
As part of our new 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. Please note, if you wish to be considered for the Mayor's Prize, you will need to fill in the submission form and then provide a 500-word statement to awards@nla.london. See more details below.
*NB – 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 completed, then submit the form and pay the submission costs by Friday 24 June 2022 at 18.00. When submitted you will receive a confirmation email from awards@nla.london
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

SUBMISSION COSTS

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 – £219+VAT
Standard business members – £275+VAT
Full price (non-members) – £325+VAT
 
If you have any queries, please contact Eugenia Davidson on 020 7636 4044 or via awards@nla.london

JUDGING CRITERIA

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 the 14 categories, 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.

JUDGING PROCESS

From submission onwards, the projects will undergo the following selection process.
 
Longlisting
Quality review – NLA review submissions for compliance with submission requirements, incomplete or missing information.
 
Shortlisting
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 14 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.

CATEGORIES

CONSERVATION
Sponsored by Urban Space Management
Looking closely at the restoration and repair of historic buildings and preserving London’s heritage; carefully balancing old and new, alongside improving energy efficiency of our historic structures.

CULTURE 
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.

EDUCATION
Educational establishments of all kinds – nurseries, schools, academies, universities, training centres – where design enhances the learning experience.

HEALTHCARE
Projects including hospitals and healthcare facilities, to housing for an older population and healthcare facilities that help improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners.
 
HOMES
The best examples of individual new homes in small sites across the capital, from one up to five units.

HOUSING
Multi-unit residential projects of any tenure – from social housing to PRS to prime resi, creating exemplary new places for people to live.
 
MASTERPLANS AND AREA STRATEGIES
New and improved parts of the city, where placemaking sits at the core; intentionally designed to create a destination, offering a mix of uses, activities and a new lease of life to a place.

MEANWHILE
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.
 
MIXED USE
Buildings with a complementary mix of work-live-play, designed holistically to meet the needs of several different activities and communities, where there is a maximum of 10 minutes walking distance between core activities. 
 
PUBLIC SPACES
New or rediscovered public spaces; parts of London that have been given new life through improvements to streets, squares, playgrounds, water spaces or parks. 

RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY
Retail and shops, restaurants and bars, hotels and markets that welcome guests, creating new experiences and offering fresh approaches to enhance the leisure offers and hospitality experience for visitors and Londoners alike.

RETROFIT 
The adaption of buildings repurposed to demonstrate sustainability, efficiency, and viability across any sector, where efficient use is made of embodied energy and the existing fabric, restoring historic buildings.

TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE 
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. Including active travel projects that celebrate active mobility and non-motorised means from small, low traffic streets to larger scale, low traffic neighbourhoods.
 
WORKPLACE
From office buildings and interiors to co-working hubs and affordable workspaces for making and manufacturing – new projects that create inspiring working environments. 

SPECIAL PRIZES

MAYOR'S PRIZE
Supported by the Mayor of London
Inclusive design of the city
The Mayor’s Prize in 2022 will be awarded, in association with the Mayor of London, to a project that best reflects the Mayor’s ambition for inclusive design of the city. Selected from submissions across all categories, it will recognise the project that best demonstrates what inclusivity, accessibility and participation means for different groups of Londoners, and how clients and designers can work with Londoners to create a city for all. It will highlight a significant priority for the Mayor, as set out in his Good Growth by Design programme, addressing issues such as women and girls’ safety and participation in public space, projects that exemplify physical accessibility and designing for neurodiversity, and spaces that support social integration.

Please note if you want to be considered for the Mayor's Prize, please complete the submission form and then email a 500 word statement to awards@nla.london, explaining how this project contributes to a more inclusive London. It could cover themes such as gender inclusivity, physical accessibility and designing for neurodiversity, responding to the needs of LGBTQ+ Londoners or BAME communities, participatory processes and co-design, intergenerational design, promoting children and young people’s experience of the city and more.

COMMUNITY PRIZE 
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
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY PRIZE  
Recognising the most sustainable projects in the capital, the Environmental Sustainability 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.  
 
WELLBEING PRIZE  
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.
 
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
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 2022 shortlist. The project with the most votes will be awarded with the People’s Choice Award.

NEW LONDONER
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. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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 11 May 2020 and 11 May 2022). An ‘unbuilt’ project must have a real site and be at any stage of design or construction at time of entry on 11 May 2022. Any project completed before 11 May 2020 will not be eligible.


USEFUL INFORMATION

  • 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. 



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Deadline: Friday 24 June 2022

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