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Hammersmith’s 'Oscars’ for architecture have been announced, and the new Maggie’s Centre at Charing Cross Hospital has swept the board.

The prizegiving was held at the London Corinthian Sailing Club in the Upper Mall on Wednesday, May 21.

Richard Rogers architect Will Wimshurst, who helped design the building, attended the ceremony and said: “It has been amazing to be involved with Maggie’s.

“We work just up the road from here.

“It’s great to work on your own doorstep.  We work all over the world, and it was really really nice to do something in your backyard.”

The Nancye Goulden Award, which is given for smaller schemes which have improved the local environment in some way either through a building or landscaping, was awarded to the office/design studio development in Alma Place off Harrow Road

This was described by the judges as a ‘delightful” conversion of a scrap metal garage into a gallery.

Hammersmith Society vice-chairman Tom Ryland urged members to visit this far flung corner of the borough, and said that the view from the gallery was similar to the scene from the famous Ealing comedy ‘The Ladykillers’.

A Conservation award, newly introduced this year was awarded to the newly renovated St Andrej Bobola Church in Greenside Road.

‘Wooden Spoons’ for bad buildings and landscaping schemes were awarded to:

  • Hammersmith and Fulham Council for the street banners in King Street, near Hammersmith Broadway and in Fulham Palace Road
  • The Thames Water roundabout in Shepherds Bush
  • The temporary bus station in Hammersmith Broadway
  • The L’Oreal advert in Hammersmith Broadway.

Hammersmith and Fulham Councillor Lucy Ivimy won the dubious accolade of being the first person in the society’s 19 year history to turn up to accept a ‘Wooden Spoon’ award.

Councillor Ivimy said: “I am mortified to be standing here to accept a wooden spoon.
“Banners are a way for the council to communicate with people, which is an extremely difficult thing for a council to do.”