Judging for the Waltham Forest Design Awards took place yesterday.
A panel of four judges visited 21 sites across the borough – the most entries ever submitted since the awards were established in 1990 – in a process aimed at celebrating the borough’s best urban design and architecture.
Judges – architect Steve Walker, department head of urban environment and leisure studies at London South Bank University, Ruth Richards, chair of the council’s planning committee, Councillor Peter Barnett and a representative from the Guardian – chose winners from four categories.
The winners of best residential scheme, best non-residential scheme, best refurbishment or heritage building and best public realm project will be announced in March.
The residential entries included a mixed-use development surrounding the Highams Green Tesco, residential buildings above Walthamstow Central station, the Papermill Place development in Walthamstow, and a social housing scheme in Higham Hill Road.
The refurbishment and heritage entries were the Waltham Forest Town Hall reception, the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge in Chingford, the former Leyton Municipal Offices, Leyton Technical pub in High Road, and the William Morris Gallery in Forest Road, Walthamstow.
George Tomlinson School in Vernon Road, Leytonstone, St Saviours C of E Primary School in Verulam Avenue, Walthamstow and Walthamstow Fire Station made up the the non-residential entries.
Finally, the public realm entrants included shopfront improvements in Walthamstow and Leyton as well as work improving public access in Leyton town centre.
The awards are sponsored by Waltham Forest Council and the Guardian.
A display of winning entries will be shown at the Waltham Forest Town Hall as well as the council website and in the Guardian.