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The Winners London



Contents Introduction 4 Winners’ overview 


Building Conservation 




Community Benefit 


Design through Innovation 






Tourism & Leisure 


Project of the Year 



RICS introduction The annual RICS Awards, London recognise exemplary built projects in the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors that are positively contributing to their local communities. They also celebrate the talented RICS professionals and inspiring teams of professionals behind them. A diverse range of innovative projects, of all sizes and budgets, made the shortlist this year and over the next few pages you will find out more about the category winners – and the esteemed ‘Project of the Year’ – not to mention the positive impact they are having on their local areas. You’ll also discover the firms – and the varied range of disciplines – that collaborated to deliver each of these winning projects. It is the vision and talent of these admirable partnerships that have brought these exceptional projects to life, so the winning teams should be very proud of their achievements and contribution to the region.

I’d like to thank our panel of RICS Judges for their time and commitment. The judging process is tough and challenging, particularly for the overall Project of the Year title as this is awarded to the category winner that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and the highest commitment to adding real value to its local area. This year the prestigious title went to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Project, Westminster. Congratulations go to the team behind it for delivering such a remarkable, world-class project that is having a resounding positive impact on its community. All category winners including the Project of the Year, will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards, Grand Final in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category and vie for the ‘UK Project of the Year’ accolade. I wish them they very best of luck in representing London and showcasing just what RICS professionals, together with other built environment professionals, can achieve. My sincere thanks to our sponsors for this year’s RICS Awards, London who helped make the awards ceremony such a fantastic celebratory occasion.

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Winners’ overview Once again, the RICS Awards 2019, London was an outstanding and inspiring evening. The awards continue to attract pioneering entries from all over the region and this year was no exception.

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Across the following pages you will see many examples of the exceptional talent and vision which makes London a fantastic place to live, work and, of course, visit. The category winners – Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure – will now progress to the RICS Awards 2019 Grand Final in October to be held at The Lancaster Hotel, London. The full list of winning projects is:

Building Conservation


Winner The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Project, Westminster

Winner Portobello Square, London


Winner Marklake Court, Southwark

Winner London Wall Place, London


Tourism & Leisure

Community Benefit Winner Bay 20, Dale Youth Boxing Academy & Community Centre, London Highly Commended Golden Lane Community Centre, London

Winner Victoria Palace Theatre, Westminster Highly Commended Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew – Temperate House Precinct Project

Design through Innovation Winner The Hoover Building, Greenford

Inspiring winners The RICS Awards 2018 were full of spectacular projects – here are some Project of the Year winners:

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, Birmingham, West Midlands

Get Busy Living Centre, Melton Mowbray, East Midlands

Aerospace Bristol, Bristol, South West


Building Conservation

This award honours excellent work in the conservation of a single bui renovation or conversion to a new or original use.

Winner The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Project, Westminster Surveyor: Architect:

Sawyer & Fisher Ltd Ptolemy Dean Architects Ltd Owner/Client: Westminster Abbey Developer/Contractor: Daedalus Conservation Nominated by: R W Armstrong & Sons Ltd This project has enabled public access to the Abbey’s eastern Triforium, for the first time in over 700 years. The galleries display 300 of the Abbey’s treasures, reflecting its thousand-year history and offering unparalleled views down into the Abbey. Access has been achieved through construction of a new tower in Poets’ Yard. Although modest by comparison with the rest of the Abbey, the tower is approximately seven stories tall (27m) and the first major addition to the Abbey since 1745.


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The judges said An impressive and carefully considered scheme involving a highly skilled team across many disciplines. Wide-ranging research incorporating detailed analysis informed the project development, conservation plan and restoration work, carried out while the Abbey was still open for services. New access into the clerestory enables breathtaking views down into the Abbey, and the display of unseen artefacts. Fragments of hand-painted glass have been reimagined into new windows. This project massively adds cultural knowledge and experience to those visiting the Abbey.

Shortlisted Battersea Arts Centre, London Nominated by Haworth Tompkins Ltd

Kew Gardens Great Pagoda, Richmond Nominated by Austin-Smith:Lord LLP

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew – Temperate House Precinct Project Nominated by Turner & Townsend

Carriage Hall, London Nominated by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Putney Chapel, Putney Nominated by Roger Mears Architects

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Project, Westminster Nominated by R W Armstrong & Sons Ltd

Gunnersbury Park House, Gunnersbury Park Nominated by Rodney Melville + Partners



This award honours an outstanding commercial property developme Judges were looking for evidence of a commercially successful proje

Winner London Wall Place, London Surveyor:

Gardiner & Theobald LLP Architect: Make Architects Owner/Client: Brookfield Properties / Oxford Properties Developer/Contractor: Multiplex Nominated by: Make Architects This landmark development breaks new ground in workplace design. The culmination of eight years collaboration between Brookfield Properties, Oxford Properties and the Make-led design team has generated a unique commercial campus which maximises the opportunities of its context. The state-ofthe-art office buildings provide over 500,000ft2 of Grade A office space and 35,000ft2 of roof terraces, and act as the backdrop to over an acre of new public gardens and elevated highwalks. It is a new destination for London.


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The judges said London Wall Place is a world class office development complex. Providing over 500,000 ft2 of grade A office space across 12 and 16-storey buildings, the scheme re-imagines this formerly closed uninviting site, with modern architecture, green walls, roof terraces and a BREEAM “Excellent� workplace. New public gardens have been introduced together with a new elevated walkway, successfully integrating the streetscape and buildings with the brutalist architecture of the Salters Hall and Barbican. Thoughtful enhancements of sensitive heritage assets add to the place-making.

Shortlisted 20 Old Bailey, London Nominated by BuckleyGrayYeoman

The Bower, London Nominated by Helical plc

The Minster Building, London Nominated by BuckleyGrayYeoman

London Wall Place, London Nominated by Make Architects

The Magistrates, Walthamstow Nominated by Gort Scott

The White Chapel Building, Whitechapel Nominated by Fletcher Priest Architects


Community Benefit

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Winner Bay 20, Dale Youth Boxing Academy & Community Centre, London Surveyor: Architect: Owner/Client:

The Westway Trust Featherstone Young BBC Big Build and The Westway Trust Developer/Contractor: Galliard Homes Nominated by: Conisbee Dale Youth Boxing Academy & Community Centre is a community project that Conisbee and Featherstone Young took part in following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in June 2017. It became apparent after the fire that the destruction had spread throughout the close-knit community of the tower and surrounding estate, the community was devastated, with so many lives lost and homes destroyed. Action was needed to help heal and rebuild a community that was torn apart in such tragic circumstances.


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The judges said Bay 20 makes clever use of the space beneath the Westway flyover to form two community buildings linked by its own small animated street; a boxing club with good outreach work and a flexible-space community centre. It is clear that the project was brought about by strong community consultation and involvement. The centre runs many activities, and with views over the adjacent park it is a welcoming refuge for the local community that includes the terrible memory of Grenfell Tower.

Shortlisted Battersea Arts Centre, London Nominated by Haworth Tompkins Ltd

Golden Lane Community Centre, London Nominated by Studio Partington

St John’s Primary School, West Ealing Nominated by Conran and Partners

Bay 20, Dale Youth Boxing Academy & Community Centre, London Nominated by Conisbee

Marjory Kinnon SEN School, Bedfont Nominated by Pick Everard

The Junction, Leytonstone Nominated by NPS Group

Highly Commended Golden Lane Community Centre, London Surveyor: Fulkers Architect: Studio Partington Owner/Client: City of London Corporation Developer/Contractor: Quinn London Nominated by: Studio Partington


Design through Innovation

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Winner The Hoover Building, Greenford Surveyor: Architect: Owner/Developer Nominated by:

Callidus Surveys Interrobang Architecture & Engineering IDM Group Webb Yates Engineers

The Hoover Building has taken on many roles over its 86-year lifespan – once a wartime factory, then a commercial supermarket and office block. Today, the Grade II listed building starts its latest chapter as a residential building accommodating 66 homes. At the heart of this transformation is the comprehensive repair of the façade to return the building to its former glory, and the incorporation of a new timber structure to create the homes while minimising the impact on the existing building.


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The judges said The most famous factory building in the UK, this Grade II listed building is a striking landmark in North West London. Empty and under threat, it was brought back into use through innovative and sensitive design to extend and convert it into 66 apartments. The integrated design overcame significant acoustic and environmental constraints and enabled full use of the building volume by adding a mezzanine and roof extension without any significant strengthening work, whilst respecting the heritage features. The result is the magnificent restoration of a cherished landmark and an attractive and successful residential scheme.

Shortlisted Carriage Hall, London Nominated by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Knox Bhavan Studio, Peckham Nominated by Knox Bhavan Architects

The Hoover Building, Greenford Nominated by Webb Yates Engineers

Heathrow Q6 Investment Programme, Heathrow Nominated by Turner & Townsend

Sheldon Avenue, Highgate Nominated by Finkernagel Ross Architects

Urbanest Vauxhall, Vauxhall Nominated by Glen Howells Architects



This award honours exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coa scheme conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a

Winner Portobello Square, London Surveyor: Architect: Owner/Client:

Arcadis LLP PRP Architects LLP Catalyst Housing Limited Developer/Contractor: Ardmore Construction Limited Nominated by: PRP Architects LLP PRP’s masterplan envisages the comprehensive, phased regeneration of Wornington Green, an aging 1960s estate, to create a mixed-use, mixed tenure community which allows for the re-housing of all existing tenants in the new development. The proposal doubles the existing density along with retail and community spaces.


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The judges said The sheer quality and attention to detail of this scheme has transformed a previously under-valued pocket of North Kensington into a desirable neighbourhood of choice with a relocated and enhanced public park. The vibrancy of the existing community has been retained with no loss of social housing and an egalitarian, tenure blind approach. The design respects the area’s original architecture and street pattern, and the transition between period properties and new development has created an attractive, integrated urban fabric that will stand the test of time.

Shortlisted Maiden Lane, Camden Nominated by PRP Architects LLP

Portobello Square, London Nominated by PRP Architects LLP

St John’s Primary School, West Ealing Nominated by Conran and Partners

Monier Road, Hackney Wick Nominated by Pitman Tozer Architects



This award honours an outstanding residential development of either Judges were looking for evidence of a successful project across a wid

Winner Marklake Court, Southwark Surveyor: Architect:

Measur Bell Phillips Architects Owner/Client: Leathermarket Community Benefit Society Developer/Contractor: Buxton Building Contractors Ltd Nominated by: Bell Phillips Architects Marklake Court is a new community-led development of 27 council-rent homes (flats and maisonettes) on the Kipling Estate near London Bridge. Empowered by a unique collaborative design process between the local community and Bell Phillips Architects, the project represents an entirely ground-up approach to providing housing for social rent. This development is the embodiment of a local community’s drive to develop new affordable homes in its local area, all while demonstrating a unique model for the construction of new housing.


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The judges said Marklake Court captures the best of community involvement in the design and delivery of affordable housing providing for specific local needs. It’s an exemplary model of collaboration between an existing community, local authority, developer and architect, throughout the whole design and development process. It sustainably reimagines a site of under-utilised garages. The buildings are thoughtfully conceived; the homes are delightful, well designed and admirably delivered. Furthermore, Marklake Court has been a ground-breaking catalyst for the funding of future similar projects.

Shortlisted Floral Court, Covent Garden Nominated by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Monier Road, Hackney Wick Nominated by Pitman Tozer Architects

The Black House, Blackheath Nominated by Suzanne Brewer Architects Ltd

Gainsford Road, Walthamstow Nominated by Gort Scott

Sheldon Avenue, Highgate Nominated by Finkernagel Ross Architects

The Hoover Building, Greenford Nominated by Webb Yates Engineers

Marklake Court, Southwark Nominated by Bell Phillips Architects


Tourism & Leisure This award honours projects that make an outstanding contribution

Winner Victoria Palace Theatre, Westminster Surveyor:

Bruce Shaw Partnership Architect: Aedas Group International Developer/Contractor: 8Build Nominated by: Conisbee The Victoria Palace Theatre was designed by Frank Matcham and constructed in 1911 and is listed Grade II by Historic England. It has recently undergone a significant refurbishment which consists of a new opening through the rear masonry wall into a new stagehouse. A new rehearsal rooms constructed on the fourth level and new services platforms have also been constructed over the auditorium roof. The east wing has also been extensively modified along with the front of house.


to tourism and leisure facilities in the region or their locality.

The judges said The RICS judges were very impressed with Delfont Mackintosh Theatre’s vision and commitment to rejuvenated this off-pitch, underperforming Grade II listed theatre to an excellent standard within a very challenging programme, to open with the Broadway hit show Hamilton. Aedas (architects), Bruce Shaw (surveyors) and a proactive and committed client have delivered a leading theatre experience in a high-quality Victorian theatre with 21st century facilities. This theatre now has a bright future as an important tourist/leisure destination with premier shows.

Shortlisted Grasshoppers RFC, Osterley Nominated by Pick Everard

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Project, Westminster Nominated by R W Armstrong & Sons Ltd

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew – Temperate House Precinct Project Nominated by Turner & Townsend

V&A Photography Centre, Knightsbridge Nominated by David Kohn Architects

Victoria Palace Theatre, Westminster Nominated by Conisbee

Highly Commended Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew – Temperate House Precinct Project Surveyor: Turner & Townsend Architect: Donal Insall Associates Owner/Client: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Developer/Contractor: ISg Plc Nominated by: Turner & Townsend


Project of the Year

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Winner The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Project, Westminster Surveyor: Architect:

Sawyer & Fisher Ltd Ptolemy Dean Architects Ltd Owner/Client: Westminster Abbey Developer/Contractor: Daedalus Conservation Nominated by: R W Armstrong & Sons Ltd For a building so internationally well known and loved, the community impact of the project was integral. From concept, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey engaged in a programme of neighbour, amenity society and public consultation and as a result, the proposed scheme was approved without a single objection. The decisions taken in the design and execution of the project have been informed by the existing building and the requirements of the collection displayed in the galleries. New design elements have


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ilding as anor excellent structure example or a group of best of buildings practice or bystructures professionals andworking covers in sought their inspiration from the unique context of the Abbey and have been carefully developed in response to it. The only part of the project which is visible within the external urban context is the Weston Tower, which contributes to the Abbey’s important eastern elevation. The design of the tower seeks to make a positive contribution to the view as a ‘background structure’ – one that is designed and detailed in response and deference to its context, rather than in direct contrast with it or by copying it. As the scaffold around the tower was removed, the Site Manager overheard a passer-by asking a friend, ‘have they cleaned that bit?’. The new tower appears as a rotated square, a pattern found throughout medieval Westminster. .The design takes many of its references from the Abbey.. There was a desire to maintain a ‘background’ architectural character through pattern and ornament, to respect the details of the Abbey, as can be seen in the cinquefoils that feature throughout. In the design of new elements of the project, traditional joinery, masonry, leadwork and glazing crafts were used, continuing the centuries of tradition established at the Abbey. Small dedicated teams for each of the trades were retained throughout the project to ensure consistency of approach and quality. Despite the exceptionally large areas of traditional single-glazed lights forming the majority of the fabric of the tower, the

environmental strategy is expected to reduce energy usage to ensure carbon emissions comparable to modern new-build structures. Early modelling of the potential energy use and carbon emissions prompted a shift in mind-set away from traditional criteria of 21st century, embracing the transient nature of the space. A sophisticated control system hidden at the base of the tower accommodates new M&E systems, with heating and ventilation automatically controlled on both temperature and humidity. The heating is designed to maintain an absolute minimum to avoid frost and discomfort, but otherwise to only heat the space a few degrees above ambient. Ample fresh air is supplied from a sequence of actuated vents and windows. The glass has been coated to reduce condensation. In summer the large areas of glazing produce significant solar gain, but natural ventilation from the automatically controlled openings provide a strong stack effect; the natural buoyancy of the air heated by the sun draws in fresh air at the bottom, using the heat to passively cool the tower. High-efficiency LED lighting throughout, and heatrecovery ventilation in the adjacent WC and Vestry further minimise energy use. In the galleries, the sensitive exhibits required a careful environmental strategy to provide the best possible thermal, hygral and daylight conditions. Detailed 3D daylight studies were carried out to map

the entire space throughout each day and in all seasons, to allow the exhibition team to place the objects appropriately, reducing the need for intervention to the historic fabric. A unique challenge was how to reconcile the need for a sensitively designed building with those of terror threat resilience. The external envelope of the tower comprises a repeating pattern of leaded light windows set within steel frames. It was considered that multiple panes set traditionally in lead would offer the new tower a sense of ‘twinkle’ at different times of the day, avoiding the bland, sometimes intrusive reflections offered by large panes of sheet glass. The lead cames hold over 12,500 individual panes, more than on Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. The increased risk to public safety presented by this glass needed to be reviewed . With no data available on how leaded light windows perform under attack conditions, a blast consultancy established through testing that they offer greater protection than previously thought, allowing traditional leaded light glazing to be used. Where possible, the design of the tower and galleries has sought solutions which are long-term and maintainable without intrusive interventions. The use of traditional materials and construction techniques have been used which will weather and wear gracefully, in keeping with the wider Abbey context.

The judges said A magnificent restoration of unused galleries into a thoughtfully curated space. The team involved displayed thorough research, dedication to their craft, teamwork, and a passion for the project that was evident and infectious. Original materials from the 13th century were sourced, and historic foundations uncovered for display. Working within the constraints of an operational Abbey and limited physical space, a modern yet well blended tower staircase opens onto the previously disused galleries. Maintaining architectural integrity was paramount and has been achieved to stunning effect.


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