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Woodberry Wetlands wins people’s choice at Hackney Design Awards

PUBLISHED: 16:23 28 November 2016

Sir David Attenborough opened Woodberry Wetlands in April

Sir David Attenborough opened Woodberry Wetlands in April

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Nature reserve Woodberry Wetlands has scooped the people’s prize at the Hackney Design Awards after receiving a record-breaking number of votes.

Sir David Attenborough at the Launch of Woodberry Wetlands in Stoke Newington Sir David Attenborough at the Launch of Woodberry Wetlands in Stoke Newington

The oasis in Stoke Newington was one of seven winners announced this week from a shortlist of 16.

A panel of experts chose six of the winners, while 1,300 people thought the wetlands was the best designed sight.

The other winners were Spruce Apartments, The Cube Building, Shepherdess Walk, Frampton Park Baptist Church, Copper Lane and 32a Landsdowne Drive.

Fred Manson from designers Heatherwick Studios was chair of the judges panel. He said: “This year the jury was impressed by the high quality of entries. There was a consistent high quality in design, usually avoiding the too showy, which is what is most needed to establish good quality places.

“Winning means a lot to the designers when they are awarded and users and owners are very proud of the recognition.”

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