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High Performing Buildings – November’s Roundup

High Performing Buildings – November’s Roundup
29 November 2023

ThisWeekinFM’s high-performing buildings roundup for November 2023 includes winners from the New London Awards.

Supported by the Mayor of London and organised by New London Architecture, the New London Awards celebrates projects that are sustainable, well-designed and respect London’s mix of old and new. Previous winners include 100 Liverpool StreetAgar Grove and One Park Drive.

Let’s take a look at some of 2023's winners:


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Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station was named as the New London Awards overall winner. In 2013, work to redevelop the 42-acre site surrounding Battersea Power Station began, resulting in its grand opening in October 2022. It has undergone a transformational restoration with 254 apartments, over 100 shops, restaurants and 565,000 sq ft of office space.

It also picked up the conservation category prize for its restoration of several key heritage features, from its industrial interior to sensitively restored external brick walls.



Picture: a photograph of the exterior of Battersea Power Station. Image Credit: Andy Morgan Photography via Battersea Power Station


Peter Murray OBE, Co-founder of NLA and Chair of the judging panel said:“ The rescue of Battersea Power Station has been a long, painstaking and expensive project that has required huge commitment of all those involved. 

“Londoners should be grateful to the international investment team that made this possible. The selection of Wilkinson Eyre as architects for the renovation was a clever move by the developer. The architects’ understanding of the industrial aesthetic has delivered an end result that responds to its history but provides an efficient and elegant environment for modern use, while at the same time retaining the impact of its awesome scale. 

“The end result is an object lesson for us all in a period when re-use of our building stock is so vital. The jury agreed that Battersea Power Station’s retrofit was of international significance and that it sends an important message about London's response to the climate crisis to the rest of the world.”


Edith Neville Primary School 


Edith Neville Primary School took home awards in both education and wellbeing categories.  Part of Camden’s first phase of regeneration for the Somers Town estate, the new school and nursery has been praised for its family-focused design, through the blurring of the surrounding parkland landscape and the school boundaries. 

The building features passive ventilation through its chimneys and nighttime cooling, with heating and hot water demands met through a local district heating network. According to Max Fordham, who provided M&E services and sustainability consultancy for the project, the school’s annual CO2 emissions rate is 7.9kgCO2/m2/year, 35 per cent better than the 2013 Building Regulations targets. 



Picture: a photograph of the exterior of Edith Neville Primary School showing children playing in an outdoor sports area. Image Credit: Edith Neville Primary School © Kilian O’Sullivan


The Black & White Building


The Black & White Building is  Central  London’s tallest mass timber office  building, with 4,480 sqm of flexible and shared workspaces. It won in the workplace category and was named as the Mayors’ Prize Winner.

Praised for its innovative use of timber, the building structure comprises a beech LVL frame with CLT slabs and core with no structural internal partition walls. 

The Deputy Mayor for Planning, Skills and Regeneration, Jules Pipe, said: “It’s vital that we’re designing the buildings of the future that will help us become a net-zero city by 2030.

“It’s my pleasure to award the Mayor’s Prize for Zero Carbon to the ‘Black and White Building’. This project showcases how design innovation and sustainable construction can be harnessed to create net-zero buildings that not only meet the needs of Londoners now, but can be adapted in future as needs change.  


New London Award Winners List


  • Overall Winner – Battersea Power Station
  • Conservation Winner – Battersea Power Station
  • Culture Winner – Lea Bridge Library
  • Education Winner – Edith Neville Primary School 
  • Housing Winners – Citizens House, Spruce House and Studio and Blackfriars Almshouses 
  • Masterplan and Area Strategies Winner – Broadwater Farm Estate
  • Meanwhile Winner – Angel Yard
  • Mixed Use Winner – Harringay Warehouses
  • Public Spaces Winner – Strand Aldwych
  • Retail and Hospitality Winner – Camden Market Canopy
  • Retrofit Winners – Balfron Tower and Wallis Road
  • Transport and Infrastructure Winner – Dukes Meadow Footbridge
  • Workplace Winners – 8 Bleeding Heart Yard and The Black & White Building
  • Wellbeing Winner – Edith Neville Primary School 
  • Community Prize Winner – Springfield Park
  • Environmental Sustainability Prize Winner – Green House
  • People’s Choice Winner – The Lexi Cinema
  • The Mayors’ Prize Winner – The Black & White Building


Picture: a photograph of the River Thames and the skyline of London showing several notable buildings, including St Paul's Cathedral. Image Credit: Unsplash

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 29 November 2023


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