Hammersmith Society's 2017 Environment Awards Announced

Winners include offices, theatre and climate proofing project on Queen Caroline Estate


The Hammersmith Society has announced the winners of its annual Environment Awards.

The awards were presented by Cllr Michael Cartwright, Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham at the society's AGM on Wednesday 21 June.

The main award went to Kings House, 174 Hammersmith Road.

This was originally the site of the King’s Theatre, demolished in 1963. The judges said: " This new building is an unusually fine and distinguished office building, modest in height, beautifully detailed and in keeping with its location within the Brook Green Conservation Area."

Developer: Kier Property

Architect: TP Bennett


There were two Nancye Goulden Awards this year — 20 St James Street, W6


The judges said: "This is a rather quirky but original conversion and extension of the former St Mark’s C of E church into offices. These currently house the headquarters of the Maggie’s Centres and a sales office for the nearby Riverside Studios development.

"The observatory, with its automated telescope and which was part of the original design, was made in Jackson Mississippi and shipped from New Orleans."

Developer and Architects: Michael Dunning and Elizabeth Swainston

Queen Caroline Estate, W6, climate proofing project

The judges said: "This is a wide ranging project in its ambitions and is one of three involving west London housing estates aimed to demonstrate the important role they can play in increasing our cities resilience to climate change."

Developer: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Architect: Groundwork London

Conservation Award — Bush Theatre, Uxbridge Road, W12


The judges said:"Although the work done recently on the Bush Theatre involved more than just conservation, the Committee felt that the whole of the Bush Theatre project deserves an award.

"The modernization and conversion, including a wheelchair entrance and garden terrace on the west side, has ensured that the building is now fully functional and more flexible while retaining its informality and the eccentricities of the original building."

Developer: Bush Theatre

Architect: Haworth Tomkins

Wooden Spoons were also awarded by the judges to the worst eyesores spotted in 2017:

BT telephone kiosks with advertisement that have recently appeared on the borough’s street are notable for their ugliness and, in the era of mobile phones, lack of purpose except as an undisguised method of achieving revenue from advertising.

The flats above Apple Estate Agents, King’s Parade, Askew Road, W12, are crudely designed without any reference to the refined detailing of King’s Parade to which they are adjoined.

June 23, 2017