London Bridge based Sadie Morgan (above), founding director of dRMM
and member of the National Infrastructure Commission, has been named New Londoner of the Year 2017 at the New London Awards today, a celebration of the very best new architecture and development in the capital.
dRMM are renowned for creating architecture that is innovative and have won numerous awards in the past for their high quality and socially useful projects.
Organised by New London Architecture
(NLA) and supported by the Mayor of London, the award acknowledges her work in championing design at the highest political level.
That wasn't the only good news for the area at the ceremony held 5th July. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust came first in the Wellbeing 'built' category for the new Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Stantec. The new £160 million facility at Guy’s Hospital, which has been designed by patients for patients, opened in September.
From a shortlist of over 150 projects, a total of 31 winning schemes were celebrated across all sectors of London’s built environment.
Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture said: “Architects, and built environment professionals generally, have not been very good in recent years in helping to set the political agenda. Sadie Morgan is an exception. She has key advisory roles addressing important environmental issues of the day. dRMM were the very first winners of the Pipers Next Generation Award in 2003, and under Sadie’s leadership, have gone on to deliver with the steadfast belief in the importance of design that connects back to people and place.”
Speaking at the ceremony Sadie Morgan said: “When you're surrounded as I am in the roles that I do - I sit on the National Infrastructure Commission, the Thames Estuary Growth Commission, I chair the independent design panel for High Speed 2, and I'm a professor at Westminster - all of those things need an independent voice and a voice that asks government in particular why so often, people and place aren't thought about."
The Mayor of London awarded the Mayor’s Prize to Central Parade Creative Hub in Waltham Forest by Gort Scott Architects for LB Waltham Forest, the transformation of a 1960s former council office into a mixed-use creative hub, hosting a variety of independent retail, co-working, studio and exhibition space. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Central Parade is a worthy winner of this award. This former 1960s council office building has been reborn as a unique and valuable new asset for the local community, including much-needed space for people working in the creative industries. I’ve seen first-hand how the project is sensitive to the building’s heritage and I’m confident this is the latest step in the transformation of Walthamstow’s town centre.''
for more about the awards and a full list of winners.