New London Architecture


Battersea Power Station by Wilkinson Eyre has been named as the overall winner of the New London Awards 2023, with The Black & White Building by Waugh Thistleton Architects picked for the Mayor’s Prize.
Organised by NLA and supported by the Mayor of London, the New London Awards celebrate all scale of projects, from community-led to large-scale mixed-use developments, both built and unbuilt, that contribute to the creation of a more sustainable, civilised, and egalitarian London.
The New London Awards were presented during a lunch at The Guildhall on Wednesday 15 November, with over 650 of the capital’s leading decision-makers and professionals across development, design, planning and construction in attendance. 24 awards were presented across numerous categories.
Among the awards was the People’s Choice Award – which saw over 4,000 public votes for the favourite shortlisted project – which was presented to the Lexi Cinema and Lexi Hub by RISE Design Studio, while Lord Peter Hendy was named New Londoner of the Year.
Overall winner: Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station is at the heart of a £9bn regeneration project, which has seen the Grade II* listed building meticulously restored to its former glory and transformed into a new riverside neighbourhood.
A painstaking approach to conservation has resulted in a one-of-a-kind destination with 254 new residential apartments, over 100 shops, bars and restaurants, offices, and unique events venues.
Laying derelict for 30 years, the restoration of Battersea Power Station involved major conservation work including the re-building of the four iconic chimneys, the replacement of 1.75 million bricks, and the restoration of Control Rooms A & B.
Peter Murray OBE, Co-founder of NLA and Chair of the judging panel said:“The rescue of Battersea Power Station has been a long, painstaking and expensive project that has required huge commitment of all those involved. 
“Londoners should be grateful to the international investment team that made this possible. The selection of Wilkinson Eyre as architects for the renovation was a clever move by the developer. The architects’ understanding of the industrial aesthetic has delivered an end result that responds to its history but provides an efficient and elegant environment for modern use, while at the same time retaining the impact of its awesome scale. 
“The end result is an object lesson for us all in a period when re-use of our building stock is so vital. The jury agreed that Battersea Power Station’s retrofit was of international significance and that it sends an important message about London's response to the climate crisis to the rest of the world.”
Mayor’s prize: The Black & White Building
The Black & White Building is a landmark mass-timber office that sets new standards for sustainable workspace in central London and beyond. With a hybrid engineered timber superstructure comprising a beech LVL frame with CLT slabs and core, the seven-storey, 4,480 sqm mass-timber building in Shoreditch sets out to demonstrate that timber is not just a viable alternative to the conventional concrete and steel used to build offices, but the preferable option when it comes to performance and sustainability.
The Deputy Mayor for Planning, Skills and Regeneration, Jules Pipe, said:“It’s vital that we’re designing the buildings of the future that will help us become a net-zero city by 2030.
“It’s my pleasure to award the Mayor’s Prize for Zero Carbon to the ‘Black and White Building’. This project showcases how design innovation and sustainable construction can be harnessed to create net-zero buildings that not only meet the needs of Londoners now, but can be adapted in future as needs change.  
“I also wish to congratulate Battersea Power Station for being named the overall winner of the New London Awards, and the highly commended ‘Angel Yard’ scheme which is delivering a new enterprise hub to the local community in Edmonton – helping to build a better, more prosperous London for everyone.”