Monday, 13 June 2016

Awards from The Hammersmith Society

Ham_Soc Environment award 2016.jpgLast week we reported on The Hammersmith Society's "wooden spoon" awards, for new architecture in our neighbourhood which got it wrong, and missed an opportunity to enhance our streets.

But the Hammersmith society doesn't only blow rasberries. Their Environmental Awards are primarily designed to praise good architecture which enhances our public spaces and adds to the beauty of our neighbourhood. Right now, there is a lot of building going on, and this year four awards were handed out for excellent schemes which helped to make our Borough a better place to live.  

Dunnhumby Building
Main Award
The Main Award went to the Dunnhumby Building at 184 Shepherds Bush Road, W6
(next to the big Tesco just west of Brook Green)

Described as a "well-preserved industrial building, built in 1915-16", this building "has been given a new lease of life in its centennial year through a first-class refurbishment and an audacious extension by the creation of a vaulted glazed roof providing two additional storeys."

The developer was Precis, the architect was Roy Collado of Collado Collins Architects. The construction work as carried out by McLaren Group.

The Nancye Goulden award
The Nancye Goulden award went to a new building at Bridget Joyce Square, White City Estate, W12.
This is described as the "optimization of an urban opportunity by introducing a landscaped space for people in place of cars. The paving over of Australia Road and the building of a landscaped planting area provides Sustainable Urban Drainage, a sump for excess rainwater and a large planted area with a snaking walkway".
Developer: London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Landscape Architects: Robert Bray Associates

Ashchurch Villas
Jane Mercer Award
This year the Jane Mercer Award went to "Ashchurch Villas", a series of detached houses at 282-292 Goldhawk Road, W12.

This development is described as an "unusually well crafted set of buildings" and "an interesting re-interpretation of the semi-detached classical villa."

Apparently "Community representatives were involved in all stages including briefing, the selection of the architects and subsequent detail design development".

Developer: First Base
Architect: Pollard Thomas Edwards
Baron's Keep

Conservation Award
The Conservation Award went to Barons Keep, A4 corner Gliddon Road, W14.

This project is described as a "sensitively designed new roof extension to a 1920s’ mansion block. The sweeping curving eaves of the new projecting roof complement the existing house style and create a crisp skyline enhancement."
The developer was Barons Keep Property Company (London) Ltd, and the architect was Original design by John McAslan.

Next year, there will be many more projects to choose from, as thousands of new homes are being built in and around Shepherd's Bush. TV Centre has hundreds of new flats and houses under construction, while the new Westfield extension will bring hundreds more. St James' development on the old M&S Warehouse site will bring even more flats, in tall steel and glass towers.

How these developments turn out will affect the character of our neighbourhood - for good or ill - for decades to come.

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