May 27 2009 By Dan Hodges
An Octavia Housing scheme by Paper Project in Westville Road, Shepherd's Bush
THE best new building projects around Hammersmith and Fulham have been named – and the worst ones shamed – in a ceremony which has now been running for 20 years. Despite a shortage of dramatic new openings owing to the economic downturn, members of the Hammersmith Society had plenty to say about the latest array of architectural wonders and blunders at their annual awards at Maggie's Centre on Wednesday.
Despite several contenders, including the new Shepherd's Bush Tube station, no recent project was deemed worthy of the coveted environment award.
But the conservation award went to Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands architects for their elegant restoration of the former Island Records headquarters in St Peter's Square, Hammersmith.
The firm also won praise for preserving the Royal Chiswick Laundry buildings at the back of the building in British Grove, retaining the brickwork and stone engraving, which society chair Melanie Whitlock said serve as a "reminders of an old urban trade".
An Octavia Housing scheme by Paper Project in Westville Road, Shepherd's Bush, won the Nancye Goulden award for a smaller project thanks to its "understated elegance and calm modern design."
Planning and construction disasters were more abundant, with wooden spoons handed out to several new eyesores.
The green cladding and lack of green landscaping at Westfield came under fire, as did the decision to paint over the classic Victorian red brick of Broadway Chambers, in Hammersmith Broadway, which was recently covered in three different shades of blue.
And Hammersmith and Fulham Council received a sharp wrap on the knuckles for allowing a series of large-scale advertising hoardings, including a new tower at the junction of Talgarth Road and Fulham Palace Road which almost completely obscures views of the celebrated Ark building.
Mrs Whitlock said: "This administration has taken a more enthusiastic view of advertising and they seem to be letting in more planning applications. It's just a tremendous shame."
She added: "All of these – winners and wooden spoons alike - are worth taking a look at. I’d like people to take a weekend walk and really look at Hammersmith and see what a rich and varied townscape we have. That is what our award scheme is all about."
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