Mayor of London Ken Livingstone announced the winners of the fourth London Planning Awards last night at City Hall and Arsenal's new home collected awards for 'Best Built Project Contributing to London's Future' as well as the Mayor's award for Planning Excellence.

This entry, titled 'Emirates Stadium/Arsenal on the Move', was praised for its success of planning a major development in a densely built-up area.

In addition to the state-of-the-art football stadium, the planning team has undertaken an extensive programme of development spanning over 23 hectares. When fully completed, the project will deliver 2,600 jobs, 2,500 new houses and a whole host of benefits and new facilities for the local area.

The Mayor, Ken Livingstone said: 'Once again the standard of entries in the Awards is outstanding. I am particularly pleased to see that the planners and developers behind these schemes have liaised with my offices - either the Greater London Authority, Transport for London or the London Development Agency - as well as the boroughs throughout the planning process. Although there is sometimes intense debate between local and regional government over planning this is all part of what leads to the design excellence that achieves the best benefits for local communities as well as for London as a whole.

My winner tonight, 'Arsenal on the move', very much demonstrates these combined benefits that a bold and imaginative planning process can deliver. Behind this project was a clear determination to deliver a chain of complex planning schemes including both a world class stadium and local facilities.  It would have been easier for Arsenal Football Club to move to a site near an M25 junction in Hertfordshire or Essex but they rightly decided to keep this important part of London's culture in London and have worked hard to ensure that they fitted in and complemented their local surroundings.'

Roger Hepher from Hepher Dixon, Planning and Regeneration Consultants on the stadium project, commented, "I am delighted to receive this award.  Although nominally an award to Hepher Dixon, HOK Sport Architecture and Buro Happold, I see it as recognition of a highly effective professional team.  The Arsenal project was unusually complex, involving large-scale and sometimes controversial change within a dense part of London's urban fabric."

The Awards are run jointly by the Mayor of London, London First and The Royal Town Planning Institute to recognise outstanding planning achievements by individuals and organisations and celebrate the best of planning in the capital.

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29 Nov 2006