We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2012 WAN Effectiveness Award, sponsored by Buro Happold, is Hawkins\Brown with their stunning Gillett Square scheme in Dalston, London. Representing local cultures and spearheading improvement throughout the community, this is a prime example of effective architecture.
The team at Hawkins\Brown took on a mammoth project in the 1990s when they addressed the needs of Dalston by conceptualising a central square which would serve the needs of all community groups. The desire for a plaza of this ilk was ignited some twenty years ago and was finally brought to flame in 1998 when funds became available for masterplans to be drawn up.
Dalston is a multi-cultural area of London, alive with creative industries and community groups, all of which had to be satisfied by Hawkins\Brown's plans. In order to retain the character of the Gillett Square site, a number of buildings were retained and renovated, with certain derelict structures being brought back to life.