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Waltham Forest Design Awards

Celebrating quality architecture and urban design since 1990.

Since 1990, the Waltham Forest Design Awards has celebrated and rewarded quality architecture and landscape design within the Borough.

The 2021 Awards received an unprecedented number of submissions making it the hardest fought competition we have had.  Winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on 18 November 2021

Winners

People’s Choice Winner: The Forest Garden

Junction of Drayton, Southwest and Bulwer Roads, E11 1BX

HUT Architecture and HOS Landscapes have transformed a traffic island in the heart of Leytonstone into a vibrant community garden for residents to enjoy. The Forest Garden, completed in October 2020, has been designed to enhance biodiversity and provide natural habitats for bees, bugs and butterflies.  The project has been adopted by a community of green-fingered local residents, who will tend to the garden over the coming years.

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The Forest Garden

Judges Winners - Sutherland Road

71-81 Sutherland Road, E17 6BH

Sutherland Road provides 59 affordable homes, a shared communal garden and health centre on a site in Walthamstow, previously occupied by semi-derelict industrial buildings. Following the residential-led redevelopment of other nearby sites, there was an opportunity to continue the regeneration of the area and better serve local residents.

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Sutherland Road

Fellowship Square

Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF

Waltham Forest’s elegant Town Hall has been restored and its surrounding landscape has been sensitively transformed into a vibrant neighbourhood where council staff, local businesses and residents can come together.  The civic campus is a place where staff, residents and visitors should always feel welcomed and involved.

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Fellowship Square

Walthamstow Wetlands

2 Forest Road, Walthamstow, N17 9NH

The physical gap in the Lea Valley regional park map was also a gap in the mental map of local people, with many local people unaware of the 200 hectares of the reservoirs on their doorstep. The main experience of the place, for most people was of defensive high palisade fencing.  The first step in opening-up the wetlands was to connect to surrounding areas, which have a deficiency in access to nature.  Primarily this is done through a 1.7km north- south walking and cycling route from Coppermill to Blackhorse Lane and four new access points.

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Walthamstow wetlands

Judges commendations

Cann Hall Skatepark

Cann Hall Road, E11 3NN.

The design concept was to create something truly unique that added a nod to the locality in the details. Working closely with local users, the designers have created a seamless blend of Scandinavian beauty and East London heritage, whilst bringing variety and function to its different activities.

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Cann Hall Skatepark

Leyton House

128 Claude Road, E10 6NE

Built on a corner site in East London, Leyton House forms a new home for a filmmaker and writer. The narrow site sits at the end of a 1960s  terrace that straddles two Victorian streets.  The modern and contemporary house respects the spirit of the 60’s terrace whilst addressing the Victorian context of the neighbouring street.

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Leyton House

Meet the judges

Gurmeet Sian

Gurmeet is an Architect and the director of Office Sian Architecture + Design, based in Waltham Forest. He works on a variety of projects at different scales, from domestic to estate regeneration. In particular, he specialises in developing ideas and delivering projects in partnership with public bodies and local communities.

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Gurmeet Sian

Nyima Murry

A British-Tibetan architectural designer, curator and filmmaker based in London.

As Assistant Curator at Open City, Nyima produced 50 short architecture documentaries in the last year alone. These films were designed to open up spaces that normally the public would not have access to, and champion the diversity of London’s architectural spaces.

In 2021 Nyima joined N.A.W (New Architecture Writers) and started a POC architectural filmmaking mentorship programme with Jim Stephenson.

Nyima completed her bachelors in Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and won the Bartlett Medal for her thesis project on radical architectural education. She is currently undertaking a masters in Landscape Architecture at the Bartlett.
 

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Nyima Murry

Remi Connolly-Taylor

Born and raised in Waltham Forest, Remi Connolly-Taylor is an East London based designer, who founded REMI.C.T Studio in 2017. She has trained and practised on a local, European and global scale and brings an understanding of the built environment with the ever-changing complexities of lifestyle and well-being. 

Connolly-Taylor’s main ambition with the Studio is to drive the conversation between art, design, and development into research that encourages people to invest in a design-led environment and create sustainable lifestyles. 
 

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Remi Connolly-Taylor

Rob Fiehn

A Waltham Forest-based communications consultant, dedicated to professional and cultural activities within the architectural community. He works alongside architects, designers and institutions, with a career spanning books, exhibitions, concepts, thought-leadership, profiling and events. Rob is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Architecture, a Committee Member of the London Society, a Board Director for the Blackhorse Workshop in Walthamstow and a trustee of the DKUK gallery in Peckham. 
 

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Rob Fiehn

Tori 

Tori is a young person aged 17 who works for the Waltham Forest council. Tori is a YIAG (young advisor) in her community. She is seen as a representative for young people and She does various activities to help better everyone in the community. Tori also has a huge interest for 3D design as this is something she is currently studying in college. 

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Tori

Will Sandy 

Will works across various sites, scales and styles, from landscape design and urban interventions, to small-scale architectural projects. The studio has established itself as a forerunner in designing vibrant urban spaces, proving that through careful engagement with multiple stakeholders, the gap can be bridged between clients, government, and community. The practice specialises in high-quality, flexible or temporary projects that engage new audiences.

Passionate about the natural and built environment, their projects help inform, influence and inspire the potential of the future permanent public realm, encouraging public participation and feedback from the outset, thus enabling further project evolution. In 2019, Will was appointed by the British Council to lead the Reframing Spaces project in Caracas, Venezuela, which led to the development of the Catalyst Cube. The project was selected as a finalist in the international Tactical Urbanism NOW design competition. 

In 2011 Will co-founded The Edible Bus Stop Design Studio where his role as Creative Director oversaw innovative approaches to meanwhile and socially led public realm activations. He recently stepped down to explore how he can integrate his specialist skills into larger masterplans and strategy projects, becoming an Associate at international Landscape Architecture and Urbanism studio, McGregor Coxall. Will also co-leads first year landscape architecture design studio at Greenwich University.

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Will Sandy

Browse the shortlist

Cann Hall Skatepark

Cann Hall Park, Cann Hall Road, E11 3NN

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Cheney Row Park

Cheney Row Park, E17 5ED

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Colby Lodge

­1c The Drive, Walthamstow, E17 3BN

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Copeland Road

­3 Copeland Road, E17 9DB

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Fellowship Square

Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF

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Francis Road

Francis Road, E10

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Gainsford Road

47 Gainsford Road, E17 6ZL

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Lea Bridge Rd/Whipps Cross Interchange

Lea Bridge Road, Waltham Forest, E10/E17

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Leyton House

128 Claude Road, E10 6NE

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Linear Park: Plot Lines

Grove Green Road, Leytonstone, E11 4EN

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Sutherland Road

­71-81 Sutherland Road, E17 6BH

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The Forest Garden

Junction of Drayton, Southwest and Bulwer Roads, E11 1BX

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The Shade, Aldriche Way

Aldriche Way, London, E4 9LZ

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Walthamstow Wetlands

2 Forest Road, Walthamstow, N17 9NH

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Winners from 2017

Category 1: Best Public Realm

Winner Golden Parade (Wood St shop fronts)
Commendation William Morris Mural

Category 2: Best Civic Project

Winner Leytonstone Library
Commendation Davies Lane Primary School

Category 3: Most Creative Building Reuse

Winner Central Parade
Commendation Mirth, Marvel and Maud
Commendation    134 Trumpington Road

Category 4: Best Residential Scheme

Winner Pump House
Commendation Windmill Court
Special award Outstanding Contribution To The Regeneration Of Walthamstow Town Centre (The Scene)

Contact us

For further information, please contact Tania Drew in the design and conservation team at: 

Email: tania.drew@walthamforest.gov.uk