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Hackney Design Awards 2020: Vote now for your favourite new building or space in Hackney

Grain House shortlisted in main awards category.

People in Hackney are being encouraged to vote for their favourite new building or public space as part of the Hackney Design Awards

The panel of judges has whittled down the shortlist to 32 schemes and the Council is encouraging borough residents to vote in the People’s Choice Award. The award which has been running since 2010 puts the power in the hands of local communities to vote for their favourite amongst the shortlisted applications. 

This year, to celebrate the work undertaken to support young people growing up in Hackney, the Council has launched a dedicated Young People’s Choice Award category. This will champion the new developments that have enhanced the life of young people up to the age of 18, as well as buildings nominated by young people within the borough. We encourage those under the age of 18 in the borough to vote for their favourite schemes in this category. 

Cremer Street

The panel has taken design, functionality, sustainability, inclusivity and heritage into account to choose the best of an impressive list of nominations. The 32 shortlisted entries will be assessed by a panel of architects later this month, who will decide on overall Design Award winners. 

The 32 shortlisted entries for the People’s Choice Awards are:

100 Hassett Road; 16 Broadway Market; 32 Cremer Street; 34-38 Provost Street; 6 Broadway Market Mews; 6 Orsman Road; Aikin Villas; Bishopswood Almshouses; Build Up Hackney; Geldeston Road Parklet; Glyn House; Grain House; Hackney Gardens; Hackney New Primary School; Hackney School of Food; Kanbi House; King Edward’s Road; Shoreditch Park Primary School; St Leonard’s Church Shoreditch; St Leonard’s Court; St Mary’s Centre; Stamford Hill Library; The Fisheries; The Floating Church; The Library House; The Tsubo House; Three Rooms Under a New Roof; Wenlock Works 

The 9 shortlisted entries for the Young People’s Choice Awards are: 

Aikin Villas; Build Up Hackney; Daubeney Fields Playable Landscape; Gainsborough Community Primary School; Hackney New Primary School; Hackney School of Food; Hackney School Streets; King Edward’s Road; The Makers Building.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Planning, Business, Investment and Culture: “The standard of entries to this year’s Hackney Design Awards demonstrates the high quality of architecture and design of new buildings and public spaces found across the Borough. We’re proud to use the Design Awards as an opportunity to both celebrate and recognise the very best of architecture and design and the positive effect this has on our lives.  

The Hackney Design Awards were launched 16 years ago and this year includes extensions, restorations, schools and even a floating church. So do cast your vote and make sure your favourite building gets the recognition it deserves.”

2018’s winners included the Blackstone Building, comprising three stacked apartments with a lime, sand and ash stucco facade; the Amazon headquarters in Building 1 Principle Place, designed as a 21st Century warehouse, and De Beauvoir Block, a sensitive and sustainable restoration of an early 20th Century industrial building. A number of previous winners have gone on to be shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. 

Voting for the People’s Choice Award and the Young People’s Choice Award closes on 25 November. Last year, the People’s Choice Award went to 146A Rushmore Road, a three-bedroom family home with a tiny 3.5m facade. 

You can find the shortlisted entries for both categories at hackney.gov.uk/designawards. To vote in either category, visithackney.gov.uk/designawards or email designawards@hackney.gov.uk stating the category you are voting in and the scheme you are voting for.