New London Awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and
development in the capital, giving recognition to the impact projects have on
their surroundings and their contribution to London as well as to their
architectural quality. The transformation to the Grade II-listed buildings at
St George's Circus in Southwark was commended under the Conservation and
Retrofit category of the New London Awards.
derelict for decades, the building was reopened last September as the Clarence
Centre, a home for the local business community. Its aim was to create an
entrepreneurial melting pot where businesses, start-up and established, can benefit
from networking and cross-pollination of ideas.
architects Rivington Street Studio, the terraces combine both formal office and
retail with public space and informal working areas. The building was a
significant contribution to the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle
and proposed projects across all sectors of the built environment were eligible
for the New London Awards and were judged by an eminent international jury. The
jury was looking for schemes – both built and unbuilt – of the highest design
quality that demonstrate a positive impact on their surroundings and make a
wider contribution to life in the city.
The Clarence Centre was one of 19 winning schemes which will now be featured in
the NLA galleries alongside all shortlisted schemes at the NLA's The Building Centre,
Store Street WC1E, and in a special publication.