Grosvenor and BDP are delighted to announce that Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, was commended in the Public Space category at the NLA's New London Awards. The awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital and the results were announced at an awards lunch at London's Guildhall earlier today. The category was won by Tumbling Bay Play and Timber Lodge at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a scheme by Erect architecture & LUC for London Legacy Development Corporation.
Brown Hart Gardens is an elevated public square over a Grade II listed substation located in the heart of North Mayfair, immediately south of London’s Oxford Street. Last year, Grosvenor re-opened the gardens to the public following a redevelopment of the deck by BDP.
The project integrates a high quality scheme within a residential area and overcame many complex historical and structural constraints, as well as planning restrictions, to create a simple green space in the heart of London.
Flexible planting and seating, together with a new pavilion café operated by Benugo, provide facilities for relaxation, recreation and community events all year round, and the scheme is already proving to be extremely popular with residents, workers and visitors to the city.
Commenting on the award win, Craig McWilliam, executive director of Grosvenor’s London estate said: “It’s fantastic that Brown Hart Gardens has been recognised at the New London Awards. It is a very unusual public space that illustrates Grosvenor’s commitment to investing in the bits between the buildings as much as the buildings themselves. Working with BDP we have created an architecturally interesting space that we hope will be a destination for people living in, working in and visiting Mayfair to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of London.”
Grosvenor has made a significant investment in North Mayfair. In addition to the redevelopment of Brown Hart Gardens, Grosvenor is developing The Beaumont Hotel in partnership with Corbin & King, which overlooks Brown Hart Gardens. The hotel incorporates ROOM, a three storey high, stainless steel, inhabitable figurative sculpture, by Antony Gormley. Its addition reflects the importance of public art in the creation of exciting and inspiring places.
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Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through its skills in place-making and design, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. We own and develop an exceptional range of properties and locations in Britain and Ireland through two business units: our London estate, responsible for assets across 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia, and Grosvenor Developments, responsible for all off-estate activity in Britain and Ireland. Both teams have a common goal: to create great places for people to live, work and visit. As at 31 December 2013, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £5bn.