Lea River Park and the LifE project have been awarded the Silver and Bronze prizes respectively in the 2010 International Urban Landscape Award (IULA).
The IULA aims to find and reward the most ground-breaking urban architecture concepts and projects in the UK and Germany, with an emphasis on energy-efficient and resource-optimised construction.
Dr Frank Poerschke, Chairman of award sponsors Eurohypo, said: “Both the Lea River Park and LifE projects demonstrated the attributes the jury was looking for in terms of identifying creative, low-carbon concepts for social and economic integration within the city and its districts.”
The Lea River Park project in East London, submitted by Design for London, won the €15,000 Silver Award. Peter Bishop, Group Director for Design, Development and Environment at the London Development Agency, said: “Winning this prestigious award brings international recognition to efforts to revitalise the Lower Lea Valley and deliver an Olympic legacy before the 2012 Games.
The LifE (long-term initiatives for flood risk environment) project in Hackbridge, Peterborough and Littlehampton was entered by Baca Architects and won €10,000 for finishing third.
Richard Coutts, Director of Baca Architects, said: “The LifE project provides integrated planning, architecture and environmental solutions to areas at risk from flooding and is based upon a principle of creating ‘enduring communities’ that combine genuine sustainable design with natural ecological management.”
The Gold Award, worth €25,000, was won by Neues Wohnen in Hamburg-Jenfeld, an ecological neighbourhood in Germany submitted by Rotterdam-based West 8.