The recently completed Burnt Oak High Street works have been long-listed along with 35 other projects for the RIBA MacEwen Award for ‘the common good’. The judges included Julia Barfield, director of Marks Barfield; Yuli Cadney-Toh, architect director of BDP Bristol; Anisha Jogani, placemaking team leader of Croydon Council; Kathy MacEwen, town planner; and Hugh Pearman, editor of the RIBA Journal.
The works in Burnt Oak were an outcome of the ‘Burnt Oak Looking Forward’ Town Centre Strategy, which was commissioned by the London Borough of Barnet and produced by a team comprising We Made That, Retail Revival, Maddison Graphic and Stockdale. The strategy provided a set of projects for Burnt Oak town centre, which were shaped to be delivered through the GLA’s High Street Fund. A series of ‘Hot Spot’ interventions, which have been delivered as the first on-the-ground actions from the Town Centre Strategy, include a distinctive news kiosk, upgrades to the Burnt Oak Library entrance, and a suite of coordinated improvements to pockets of public realm combined with building frontage improvements.