Croydon’s new architecture singled out for award

Five Croydon building projects are in the running for a series of top architectural awards.

They are part of 140 submissions across 15 categories for the New London Awards 2014, which recognises the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital.

Pegasus Academy Trust in Thornton Heath has been shortlisted for the education category; Bernard Weatherill House in Croydon for the category of office buildings and Wandle Park in Waddon for public spaces.

Westfield and Hammerson’s plans to redevelop the Whitgift Centre have been nominated for the retail award, while East Croydon station footbridge is a contender for transport and infrastructure.

Last year Hayes Primary School scooped the overall prize as well as best education project.

Councillor Alison Butler, the council’s cabinet member for homes and regeneration said:

“As London’s regeneration borough, it’s fantastic to see five Croydon projects nominated for these prestigious architectural awards.

“It goes to show that we are home to developments fit for the 21st century and an example for others to aspire to, a key part of our Ambitious for Croydon agenda.”

Jo Negrini, the council’s executive director of development and environment, said:

“Seeing five projects in Croydon shortlisted for these awards is a great advert for the borough.

“It shows it is a place that champions great design as a way of enhancing the quality of our towns and providing a first class environment for our communities.”

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, 9 July.