This year, nominations for the awards came from all areas: the architects who designed the scheme, the residents who now inhabit the homes, or people inspired by the look of a building or place. Some 50 projects were entered into the awards and an independent judging panel selected just 7 prestigious winners, including Banyan Wharf (The Cube).
The winning scheme by Regal London consists of 50 apartments, 33 of these are allocated as private units, with the remaining 17 units being offered as either socially rented or shared ownership. The building delivers 12,421 sq ft of commercial space on the ground and lower ground floors, which is integrated into the residential community, offering amenities, such as an onsite cafe.
At ten storeys, the development is currently the tallest hybrid Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure in Europe.
The designers, Hawkins Brown, deployed a cruciform shape which provided four courtyard communities for residents and then twisted every second floor, giving a striking external appearance. This ensures all flats have dual or triple aspect views of the city, canal or park opposite, with a generous terrace or balcony, maximising the amount of daylight and ventilation available.