Judging for the Waltham Forest Design Awards took place yesterday

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The View visitor centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge. The View visitor centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge.

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.

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12:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Personally, having visited the Lodge since it was in my opinion 'ruined' I do not approve of such modernisation of period property, like putting double glazing on the ancient crooked house in Walthamsow Village.
Personally, having visited the Lodge since it was in my opinion 'ruined' I do not approve of such modernisation of period property, like putting double glazing on the ancient crooked house in Walthamsow Village. Villagecranberry

5:29pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Big fish, caught locally, mounted and exhibited in glass boxes - and loads more local stuff - all gone, and replaced by dressing up and pathetic plastic chickens. Where did all the exhibits go? Where are they to be seen now? (A big fish in a box can fetch £1000 at auction - makes you think.)
Big fish, caught locally, mounted and exhibited in glass boxes - and loads more local stuff - all gone, and replaced by dressing up and pathetic plastic chickens. Where did all the exhibits go? Where are they to be seen now? (A big fish in a box can fetch £1000 at auction - makes you think.) Thunderbird4

12:23am Thu 30 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Thunderbird4 wrote:
Big fish, caught locally, mounted and exhibited in glass boxes - and loads more local stuff - all gone, and replaced by dressing up and pathetic plastic chickens. Where did all the exhibits go? Where are they to be seen now? (A big fish in a box can fetch £1000 at auction - makes you think.)
Very true, your estimate is conservative, each exhibit has a tale, who caught it, when, weight and so on, gold leaf script on casing, the casings alone worth fortunes. This is what happens when you leave Labour in charge of the Borough's treasures, like the Granada Cinema and the Stow.
[quote][p][bold]Thunderbird4[/bold] wrote: Big fish, caught locally, mounted and exhibited in glass boxes - and loads more local stuff - all gone, and replaced by dressing up and pathetic plastic chickens. Where did all the exhibits go? Where are they to be seen now? (A big fish in a box can fetch £1000 at auction - makes you think.)[/p][/quote]Very true, your estimate is conservative, each exhibit has a tale, who caught it, when, weight and so on, gold leaf script on casing, the casings alone worth fortunes. This is what happens when you leave Labour in charge of the Borough's treasures, like the Granada Cinema and the Stow. Villagecranberry

11:19am Thu 30 Jan 14

mdj says...

'The refurbishment and heritage entries were the Waltham Forest Town Hall reception..'

Is this the work that was done without listed Buildings Consent from English Heritage - or even Planning Permisssion, as later discovered?


PS: Is there also an award for the most tasteful blazer?
'The refurbishment and heritage entries were the Waltham Forest Town Hall reception..' Is this the work that was done without listed Buildings Consent from English Heritage - or even Planning Permisssion, as later discovered? PS: Is there also an award for the most tasteful blazer? mdj

11:26pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

mdj wrote:
'The refurbishment and heritage entries were the Waltham Forest Town Hall reception..'

Is this the work that was done without listed Buildings Consent from English Heritage - or even Planning Permisssion, as later discovered?


PS: Is there also an award for the most tasteful blazer?
No it is normal, professionals get so many letters after their name the next step is to grow a weird beard or moustache with bushy eyebrows and buy a stupid bow tie or loud jacket, like Dickensian real deal?
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: 'The refurbishment and heritage entries were the Waltham Forest Town Hall reception..' Is this the work that was done without listed Buildings Consent from English Heritage - or even Planning Permisssion, as later discovered? PS: Is there also an award for the most tasteful blazer?[/p][/quote]No it is normal, professionals get so many letters after their name the next step is to grow a weird beard or moustache with bushy eyebrows and buy a stupid bow tie or loud jacket, like Dickensian real deal? Villagecranberry

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