Winners of Hackney Design Awards announced

The Writers Shed

The Writers Shed - Credit: Archant

The winners of the Hackney Design Awards have been revealed by fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and the Mayor of Hackneyat an exclusive ceremony last night.

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House - Credit: Archant

Wayne Hemingway MBE, co-founder of label Red or Dead, together with Mayor Jules Pipe announced five projects, out of the 64 received nominations, as winners of the coveted award, which celebrates unique and sustainable designs in the borough.

Carindal Pole Catholic School, in Morning Lane, impressed the panel of judges with its sustainable and intelligently planned environment.

The Gingerbread House, in Hackney Central, was selected for its playful storytelling design and attention to detail and 151 Church Walk was praised for materials used.

The Garden School, in Wordsworth Road, was chosen for its clever planning and solutions to maximise daylight and views.

The Writers Shed, in Greenwood Road, impressed with its simple solutions providing light and space which matched the client’s brief.

Two projects were highlighted for commendations: 215 Kingsland Road and the Leonard Circus Shared Space.

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The Black Box and Hackney City Farm Shop were also mentioned by judges.

The judges’ shortlist of 16 projects was also put to the public vote through the People’s Choice Award.

More than 1,200 votes broke past records and joint winners were announced as The Writers Shed and the Black and White Building.

Mayor Jules Pipe, said: “All of the schemes shortlisted for the awards this year combine to demonstrate that Hackney really is a fantastic place in which to work, live, learn and play.

“We applaud all those in the design community who have contributed to this and encourage them to continue to pursue and deliver great design in Hackney for the future.”

Mr Hemingway said: “Hackney has become a place where designers thrive; giving the space and the opportunities that creative people can take forwards. Creativity has led to the success that Hackney is now and the Hackney Design Awards helps to reward excellence and provide recognition, after all it’s nice to let people know that they have done a good job.

“There are many good things happening at the moment - London is really the centre of the world, giving people the confidence to do great things, it’s a fantastic place to be right now.”