The judges were impressed with how this formerly failing place has been turned around through clever interventions on the ground floors and with happenings, such as the £1 water taxi. They liked how this place was now enabling a new relationship to the water in the wider neighbourhood
The judges were impressed with this landscape-led project and how previously closed-off areas have been reopened to the public. The fact that this new place feels of Manchester was noted, as well as the human scale of its nooks and alleyways. The reuse of the existing security block is playful and creative
The judges described this project as quite simply, world class, raising the bar for quality and mix of use. They were inspired by the way the place continues to evolve and its strong sense of place. Hearing about the developer’s involvement in the local school and lockdown outreach was also interesting
The judges liked how this project connected into the wider city and had a well thought-through plan. They also appreciated that this masterplan didn’t shy away from the challenges of the site, in particular, the extra-large stadium
The judges loved the emphasis on place, and felt the buildings were appropriately treated as backdrop. The project had a sense of fun, and the fact that the park would be delivered first was considered a strong positive statement of intent
The judges were inspired by the inclusivity of the park, which catered to all ages, as well as the variety of its spaces catering to different tastes, and remarked on the park’s gift to the wider community
The judges praised this project as working on every level. They liked how the project was rooted in the community and sought to support economic activity that was already there, without reinventing the year. The resilience of the project during Covid was also a positive.
Balham has undergone much change, as young professionals and families, priced out of Clapham, moved into the area. The town centre and streetscape was in need of improvement. The scheme to overhaul the public realm included transforming Hildreth Street into a vibrant market square with a cafe strip and finding a creative solution to the ’ugly wall’, a flank wall that is now covered in mock-Victorian green faience tiling as a nod to the Northern line