Westminster City Council has announced the 12 buildings shortlisted for its first ever People’s Choice Award
The accolade, intended to ‘celebrate and promote architectural excellence’ across Westminster, is part of a broader campaign by the council to engage the public in a debate about ‘what makes a great building’.
Only buildings constructed in the last 10 years were considered for the award (see the full shortlist bottom). The finalists included Zaha Hadid Architect’s Serpentine Gallery, O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects’ Stirling Prize shortlisted Saw Swee Hock student centre at the London School of Economics, and Eric Parry Architects’ One Eagle Place, Piccadilly, and St Martin-in-the-Fields renewal.
The shortlisted designs were selected by a panel that included deputy leader and cabinet member for the built environment Robert Davis; PLP founder Lee Polisano; Stiff + Trevillion founder Mike Stiff; DSDHA director Deborah Saunt; and Simon Bowden, founding director of Simon Bowden Architecture.
Davis, who is leading the award, said: ‘From sleek glass art galleries to outstanding housing developments, each of these buildings finds inventive solutions to unique architectural challenges.’
He added: ‘The best people to ask about the impact these buildings have are those who see them day in, day out, and so I am delighted that we have been able to engage the public in a debate about what makes a great building and to promote design excellence.’
Westminster City Council is inviting members of the public to vote for their favourite building from the shortlist. The deadline for votes is 30 June.
Vote for your favourite building by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.westminster.gov.uk/best-building
- City of Westminster College (2010), Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
- Queens (2014), Stiff + Trevillion
- Serpentine Sackler Gallery (2013), Zaha Hadid Architects
- St Martin-in-the-Fields (2008), Eric Parry Architects
- St James Market (2016), Make Architects
- Saw Swee Hock Centre (2014), O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
- Riverwalk (due 2016), Stanton Williams Architects
- Peabody Avenue (2011), Haworth Tompkins
- One Eagle Place (2013), Eric Parry Architects
- Reiss HQ (2008), Squire & Partners
- 10 Hills Place (2009), Future Systems and Amanda Levete Architects
- 28 South Molton Street (2012), DSDHA
- Robert Davis, deputy leader and cabinet Member for the Built Environment, Westminster City Council
- John Walker, director of planning, Westminster City Council
- Angela Harvey, member for Tachbrook Ward, Westminster City Council
- Lindsey Hall, member for Abbey Road Ward, Westminster City Council
- Lee Polisano, founding partner and president of PLP Architecture
- Mike Stiff, director of Stiff + Trevillion
- Deborah Saunt, director of DSDHA
- Simon Bowden, founder and director of Simon Bowden Architecture
Members of the panel did not vote when their own designs were considered