Here are the nominees for the London Urban Design Awards

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The town hall opened the vote for two public choice categories for the 2021 Urban Design Awards, recognition of the best buildings and public spaces in London and the work of developers, architects, town planners and designers.

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The town hall opened the vote for two public choice categories for the 2021 Urban Design Awards, recognition of the best buildings and public spaces in London and the work of developers, architects, town planners and designers.

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This year, Londoners can vote for a wide range of 15 buildings and projects, from a pedestrian and cycle bridge in the city’s northeast to an eastern youth shelter, a bowling alley transformed into a church and a Modern infill house in the SoHo neighborhood.

“Urban design is an important part of any creative, engaging and attractive city,” said Britt O’Hagan, responsible for community planning, urban design and heritage, in a statement.

“The awards showcase many innovative projects that represent visionary thinking and raise the bar for design here in London. “

The biennial awards, which have been held in London for 14 years, also feature a public choice category for student submissions. Three student plans for parts of the city center are offered.

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Voting in the two public choice contests runs until September 30. The winners will be announced at the Urban Design Awards later this fall. You can vote here.

Here are the buildings and projects competing for the Urban Design Awards 2021:

The House of Mosaic – 8 Henry St.

8 Henry Street (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)
8 Henry Street (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)

Type: Small-scale residential building

Background: This two-story infill house in London’s SoHo district is the work of London architect Bradley Skinner and owners Rob Hudson and Susan Day.


Hillside London – 138 Thompson Rd.

138 Thompson Road (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)
138 Thompson Road (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)

Type: Adaptive reuse or rehabilitation

Background: Where some have seen bowling alleys and bowling at the old Bowlerama on Thompson Road, Hillside Church saw a potential pulpit. The non-denominational church emptied the old alleys and gutters and converted the facility into a place of worship and community communion.

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West 5 Office Building – 1305 Riverbend Rd.

1305 Riverbend Road (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)
1305 Riverbend Road (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)

Type: Buildings

Background: This four-story solar-paneled office and commercial building in the west of the city produces its own electricity. The annual power output from the development’s two-story parking garage panels is sufficient to power 45 average homes for one year.


Thames Valley Parkway – North Branch

Type: Public spaces and landscapes

Background: The 1.8 kilometer connection near the North London sports grounds off Adelaide Street includes two bridges over the River Thames. The North End project is a key link in the Thames Valley Parkway, a 40 km multi-use trail system in the city.


Info-Tech – 325, rue Ridout Nord

345 Ridout St. (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)
345 Ridout St. (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)

Type: Adaptive reuse or rehabilitation

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Background: The London-based firm has transformed a cluster of heritage commercial buildings in Ridout and King Streets into elegant office space with the help of Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc. and Arthur Lierman Landscape Architecture.


Huron University College Building – 1349 Western Road

Type: Buildings

Background : The modern 3,700 square meter building is an eye-catching landmark for the Western University branch. The building includes a 435-seat auditorium, classrooms and common areas.


Nominees chosen by others:

Hélio – 1325, chemin Riverbend.

Riverwalk – 320 Thames Street

Alto Apartments – 545-549 Fanshawe Park Road. W

Housing First Youth Shelter – 585 Clarke Road.

Nightingale Place – 1045 Dundas Street

Residenza Ortona – 1090 Hamilton Road

North London Toyota – 1515 Rob Panzer Dr.

Talbot College – Western University

The Alcove Quarter – Byron Baseline Road

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