Civic Trust Awards 2014March 2014
George Clarke, architect and TV presenter (Channel 4's The Restoration Man) and Civic Trust Awards Managing Director, Malcolm Hankey presented the commendation to Michael Haste, Director of Pascall+Watson. Launched in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards recognises the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects that demonstrate high quality architecture or design, have demonstrated sustainability, are accessible to all users and have made a positive cultural, social or economic contribution to the local community.
The Thameslink Programme works at Blackfriars Station required the full redevelopment of all areas of the existing station. The station has been rebuilt on the widened Victorian rail bridge, creating the only station in London to span the River Thames and provide access to the north and south banks. The project provides unrivalled views over London for waiting passengers, and has delivered a new landmark building. The project also involved the design of new station entrances and a significantly enhanced London Underground station.
Commenting on the project, Michael Haste said, "The redeveloped Blackfriars Thameslink Station has taken a long time in design and construction, but it has now finally arrived. It is a project that we as architects are very proud to have designed. London now has a fantastic new station that will delight the passengers that go through it every day, whilst also allowing for the continued growth of the area around the station, which is already showing the shoots of new development".