Bloomberg’s headquarters has been named London’s best new office building at this year’s New London Architecture Awards.
The 1.1million square-foot scheme on Queen Victoria Street, which was designed by Norman Foster, was among 30 architectural projects crowned at the ceremony at Guildhall on 4 July.
London Bridge Station was named the best new building in London overall from more than 150 shortlisted structures in 15 categories, ranging from education to residential.
The new £1billion station, which was designed by architecture firm Grimshaw on behalf of Network Rail, also scooped the sustainability and transport and infrastructure categories, and was praised for its “impressive scale and complexity, increase in passenger numbers and for having sustainability as a key driving factor in both its design and construction”.
New London Architecture judges said they were looking for designs that make a positive contribution to life in the Capital, naming two winners – one proposed design and one new-build – in each category.
Bloomberg’s new European headquarters was commended for being “respectful of its location” in the heart of the City of London while also “uniquely of its place and time – an extension of the City that will endure and improve the surrounding public realm”.
It was also shortlisted for the sustainability category, recognised as an exemplar of sustainable development with a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, and the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development.
Square Mile schemes dominated the office category, with British Land’s 1 Finsbury Avenue site awarded top prize for unbuilt projects.
Judges said the 291,000 sq ft project, designed by AHHM, is an example of a new office building with a range of contemporary uses, with potential for retail, leisure and dining when it is completed next January.
The futuristic Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch was named winner of the hotels and hospitality category, with judges praising Ben Adams Architects for bringing “a piece of Japan” to London.
A commendation went to EPR Architects for their transformation of the former Midland Bank Lutyens building in Bank into The Ned hotel and members’ club.
“Taking a bank building and making that conversion is not as easy as it looks”, commented judge David Burney. “It’s a real stand-out project.”
Elsewhere, Hackney Town Hall was named the best conservation and retrofit project; the Kings Crescent Estate in north London won the mayor’s prize; and Walthamstow Wetlands was named people’s choice winner for the conversion of two disused buildings into an exhibition space, education room, coffee shop and viewing platform for the community.
NLA chairman Peter Murray said the success of London Bridge Station “highlights some of the key issues that are embedded in the assessors’ briefs for the New London Architecture Awards.
“This is not just a beauty parade of elegant forms – although aesthetic quality is a key consideration, our winners have to illustrate a wider contribution to the environmental, social and economic quality of the Capital.”
For the full list of winners, go online to newlondonarchitecture.org.