THE annual Waltham Forest Design Awards took place on Tuesday, April 25.

The ceremony at Vestry House Museum in Vestry Road, Walthamstow, saw public and private buildings across the borough awarded for their quality of design.

Over 20 schemes were entered for this year’s awards which were judged by Cllr Kastriot Berberi, Ruth Richards of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Steve Walker of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Hasna Mahmood and Guardian reporter Laura O'Callaghan.

The results are as follows:

Best Public Realm - winner: Golden Parade, Wood Street shop fronts in Walthamstow,

Commendation: William Morris Mural in Bedford Road, Walthamstow,

Best Civic Project – winner: Leytonstone Library in Church Lane, Leytonstone,

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Steve Walker presenting Nicola Ray, designer of Golden Parade, with her award.

Commendation: Davies Lane Primary School in Davies Lane, Leytonstone,

Most Creative Building Reuse - winner: Central Parade in Hoe Street, Walthamstow,

Commendation: Mirth, Marvel & Maud in Hoe Street, Walthamstow,

Commendation: 134 Trumpington Rd in Leytonstone (former school science lab remodelled into family home),

Best Residential Scheme – winner: Pump House in South Access Road, Walthamstow,

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

The designers of The Scene in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, receiving their award.

Commendation: Windmill Court in Weale Road, Chingford,

Special award for the outstanding contribution to the regeneration of Walthamstow town centre:  The Scene in Hoe Street and Walthamstow High Street.

Joe MacMahon, who co-designed Central Parade, said: “I’m delighted about the award. Central Parade has proved to be a big success and is working really well for everyone.”

Fellow architect Fiona Scott added: “The intention was to create a really active hub and we always meet people who say it is that.”

The Waltham Forest Design Awards were established in 1990 to stimulate an interest in architecture and urban design in the borough.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

The designers of Davies Lane Primary School in Leytonstone with their award.

A posthumous award in memory of architect Paul Shekleton who drowned while on holiday in Trinidad last September was presented to his partner Margaret Seecharan.

Mr Shekleton,71, of Walthamstow was a prominent campaigner against the Mini Holland scheme and designed hundreds of buildings across the borough.

Opening the ceremony Cllr Clare Coghill said: “Design is hugely important to residents, not just to people who live in the buildings but to people who live in our communities.

“It isn’t just about the aesthetics, it’s about building amazing buildings that will have a long life.”