04 July, 2019
Sugar House Island wins Masterplans and Area Strategies NLA Award 2019
Sugar House Island, a new destination being delivered in East London, yesterday won the New London Award for Masterplans and Area Strategies - a category that champions placemaking and area-wide regeneration.
The win acknowledges the significant work that Vastint, along with masterplanners ARC-ML (now Ten Four Architects) and the team of nine different architects and landscape firms have delivered to bring to life the vision of a truly mixed-use scheme. The destination will balance working, living and leisure to deliver a place that appeals to all audiences, responsive to its local area needs and respectful of its rich history and heritage.
The masterplan regenerates 10 hectares of brownfield land including two conservation areas into a thoughtfully-designed, well-connected new riverside neighbourhood with:
- Curated balance of uses: Unusually, the masterplan begins with the delivery of creative workspaces to revitalise the local economy, enlivening the area by bringing 2,500 jobs to the area, kick-starting the commercial sustainability of carefully selected independent restaurants, cafés and shops.
- Improved connectivity: Three new bridges and a pedestrian crossing tie this island site into its surroundings, embedding art and wayfinding throughout.
- Neighbourliness at its heart: From communal courtyards, the inclusion of a primary school; plus yards and a riverside park open to all with programmed events, and facilities for the site’s narrowboat community.
- Respect for heritage: A conservation-minded masterplan with old and new buildings, retained chimneys and historical items preserving the memory of the site’s industrial past.
- Consideration for longevity: As a developer, Vastint embody ‘patient capital’, investing in construction systems proven by life-cycle cost analysis with the goal of delivering efficiencies in the long term.
The New London Awards, now in its ninth year, are an annual celebration of London’s best architecture, construction and planning projects across the capital that respond to the needs of a global city. They are supported by the Mayor of London and this year featured an international jury bringing experiences from Paris, New York, Copenhagen and Edinburgh.
Monica von Schmalensee, judge for the 2019 New London Awards praised "the integration of new buildings with old ones and the way it takes back the street and encourages families to move into the area."
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