Award Winners 2009

Environment award: No building or project met the standard for the main Environment Award.

Nancye Goulden award for a smaller scheme : 180-184 Westville Road W12, development of 3 flats in modernist style designed by Ben Elsdon of Paper Project for Octavia Housing Association. The committee praised its understated elegance and calm modern design.

180-184 Westville Road

Conservation Award : Island Studios, 22 St Peter’s Square W6. The building is the headquarters of architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. The Committee were enthusiastic about their elegant restoration of the front of the building, based on detailed research, and praised the careful preservation of the Royal Chiswick Laundry buildings at the back in British Grove: a good example of both accurate restoration of a listed building, and preservation of reminders of an old urban trade.

Wooden Spoon AwardThe society also awards its famous Wooden Spoons to those responsible for eyesores in the Borough. This year they went to:


  • LBHF Council for both giving planning permission for, and erecting their own large advertising displays in the Borough. These include the advertising tower on the Guinness Trust’s land blocking the view of the Ark, a Tower approved for St Paul’s Green which will damage the view of the listed St Paul’s Church, advertising on the Church itself, one approved next to the doctor’s surgery by Hammersmith Bridge, and proposals on the A4 at Latymer School.
  • LBHF Council for failure to implement landscaping agreements around Westfield and at Hammersmith temporary bus station.
  • Westfield Shopping Centre for its horrible green cladding
  • Broadway Chambers on Hammersmith Broadway where the red brickwork of this Victorian building has been painted in three shades of blue. (This contrasted with the earlier restoration of the ground floor front of the same building by Ladbrokes, a former Lloyds Bank, which had won a previous Hammersmith Society Environment Award in 2004.)
  • Thames Water for its continued failure to replace and maintain the landscaping of Holland Park roundabout.