New London Architecture

New London Awards 2024

Supported by the Mayor of London, the New London Awards celebrate London, seeking the best new projects across every sector that are making and will make a positive contribution to their surroundings. In each category, we separately recognise both BUILT and UNBUILT projects.
 
A prestigious International Jury of architecture and urban design experts, advised by a team of London-based Expert Assessors, will select winners from amongst the 13 categories and a number of special prizes including the Mayor's Prize.

Submissions for this year have now closed. Bookings for the Annual Lunch will open soon. 

Judging Criteria

The New London Awards judging criteria aligns with the New London Agenda, NLA’s framework for best practice in city-making derived from over 18 years of experience, with over 400 contributions from London’s built environment community. The assessment of projects will be guided by the 'Six Pillars of Placemaking', ensuring that initiatives of all scales contribute meaningfully to London's evolution.

Categories

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.
 
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, as well as improving the energy efficiency of our historic structures. 
 
EDUCATION
Educational establishments of all kinds – nurseries, schools, academies, universities, training centres – where design enhances the learning experience.
 
HEALTHCARE
From hospitals and healthcare facilities to later living developments that improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners.
 
HOUSING
Multi-unit residential projects of any scale and tenure, from social housing and PRS to prime resi, creating exemplary new places for people to live. Individual new homes and small housing developments up to 5 units will also be considered in this category.
 
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. Please note that to classify in this category no use should be more than 90% of the total.
 
PUBLIC SPACES
Sponsored by Maylim
New or rediscovered public spaces that focus on blue and green infrastructure with biodiversity at the heart of the scheme. Considering parts of London that have been given a new life through improvements to streets, squares, playgrounds and 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.
 
RETROFIT 
Sponsored by REHAU
The adaption of buildings that demonstrate sustainability, efficiency, and viability across any sector, where the repurposing of existing fabric and its embodied energy has been resourceful.
 
TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE 
Transport, infrastructure and related architecture projects that improve the experience of travel around the city; transportation of goods, water, waste or energy. As well as active travel projects that celebrate mobility and non-motorized means from small, low traffic streets to larger scale, low traffic neighbourhoods, helping London work more efficiently and sustainably. 
 
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

The prize will be awarded to the scheme that exemplifies the inclusion of children and young people in shaping and occupying the city. 

Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will feature carefully considered buildings, spaces, and their uses, as well as demonstrating participatory processes that give authorship and agency to children and young people, such as the co-design and co-production of space across all typologies.
 
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 thrive.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY PRIZE

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 efficient use of materials, a low carbon footprint and innovation. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects have surpassed sustainability standards, 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 – aiding mental and physical wellbeing of the people that live or work in them. Selected from submissions across all categories, successful projects will be exemplary in finding ways to create spaces which make people feel better when they inhabit them.

International Jury

Monica von Schmalensee, Senior Advisor, White Arkitekter

Monica von Schmalensee, Senior Advisor, White Arkitekter

Monica von Schmalensee is a Senior Advisor at White Arkitekter, Scandinavia’s pioneer and thought-leader in sustainable architecture. White is most recognised for visionary examples of sustainable architecture, such as the 100-year Masterplan for the relocation of the City of Kiruna in Sweden’s in the Arctic north. Monica is founder and former chairman of Sweden Green Building Council and member of Formas Scientific Council for Swedish research. A frequent keynote speaker at internationally renowned conferences, Monica is sought after for her cutting-edge expertise combining academic and practice-based architectural research. Monica was recently honoured with the prestigious Leadership Award 2016 for her outstanding contribution and impact to a sustainable built environment in Sweden.
Eleanor Sharpe, Former Interim Deputy Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Eleanor Sharpe, Former Interim Deputy Mayor, City of Philadelphia

With a distinguished career spanning over a decade with the City of Philadelphia, Sharpe's most recent position was Interim Deputy Mayor/Director of the Department of Planning and Development. In this role, she led collaborative efforts with diverse stakeholders, including elected officials, developers, and communities to enhance, plan, preserve, and develop vibrant neighbourhoods across the city. Under her leadership, the department implemented key initiatives across multiple divisions, including Housing and Community Development, Development Services, and Planning & Zoning, which encompass the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Philadelphia Art Commission, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Sadie Morgan, Director, dRMM

Sadie Morgan, Director, dRMM

Sadie Morgan is a founding director at the Stirling prize-winning architecture practice, dRMM. She lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure which connects back to people and place. 

She became the youngest president of the Architectural Association in 2013, and in 2016, was appointed Professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University. In 2017 she was named New Londoner of the Year by the NLA for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level.
Finn Williams, City Architect, Malmø

Finn Williams, City Architect, Malmø

Finn Williams is the City Architect of Malmö. He previously worked to promote public architecture and planning in the UK through roles at Croydon Council and the Greater London Authority, and as the co-founder and chief executive of Public Practice. Tidskriften Rum named Finn as the most influential individual in architecture and design in Sweden in 2023.

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 team are encouraged to consult with other members and their clients to avoid duplicate entries.
 
The project must be located within one 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 24 May 2022 and 24 May 2024). An ‘unbuilt’ project must have a real site and be at any stage of design or construction at time of entry on 24 May 2024. Any project completed before 24 May 2022 will not be eligible.

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