Mixed-use Development of the Year

Mixed-use Development of the Year
Embassy Gardens by EcoWorld Ballymore

Embassy Gardens is a mixed use development in London that has spearheaded the vital extension of the South Bank and is the centrepiece of Nine Elms, one of Europe’s most significant regeneration projects. Wrapped around the US Embassy, the 8ha riverside neighbourhood will provide more than 1,500 new homes, world class amenities including the ‘Sky Pool’, a world first in engineering, 432,278 sq ft of office space across two buildings, 130,000 sq ft of retail space and cafes, bars and restaurants. 

Walking distance from key transport hubs and further improved connectivity with the forthcoming extension of the Northern Line, the developers behind Embassy Gardens saw huge potential to deliver a major international project. This regenerative vision has been realised; from transforming a derelict site to a dynamic 24 hour lifestyle hub where people work, live and socialise. Embassy Gardens’ reputation as a leading lifestyle and commercial quarter for London is quickly growing. This year, the forward thinking neighbourhood has

supported and welcomed a huge influx of tenants, including the soon relocation of Penguin Random House and DK to its office space named One Embassy Gardens. With almost 50% dedicated to green space and hosting an active events programme, prioritised through the coronavirus pandemic to keep residents and beyond motivated,Embassy Gardens creates an exciting destination, with placemaking and the community’s best interests at its core. Phase one of Embassy Gardens was delivered by Ballymore, and phase two by a Joint Venture between Ballymore and EcoWorld. Phase three, by Ballymore, is under construction.

Judges’ comments

"A strong submission and admirable mixed use approach. Good public realm and sense of place.”                                             

“An impressive scheme, submission material feels like it has been lifted from a sales brochure and needs to get under the surface to understand how well it works as a mixed use development. Does not take away though the development is impressive, is of scale and is aspirational in it's offer.”

“Not the strongest submission in terms of the images, information but the scheme and its vision are very strong. Truly mixed use with high-quality homes, flat plans and successful, high quality landscaping and sense of place.”

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