A project to improve one of Shepherds Bush’s busiest roads has been given a prestigious accolade at the Hammersmith Society’s annual environment awards. The railings on Goldhawk Road have been removed - ending the "Berlin Wall" dividing Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush.
Councillor Nick Botterill accepted the ‘Nancye Goulden award for a smaller scheme’, for improvements to Goldhawk Road, on behalf of the council and the London Community Foundation. Local resident and actress Vanessa Redgrave presented the awards.
The award, named in memory of a founding member of the society, is given to a project that makes a significant contribution to the borough’s environment.
Cllr Botterill said:
“A lot of thought and effort went into making the improvements on Goldhawk Road, and followed much consultation with local residents and community groups. We are incredibly pleased that the Hammersmith Society agrees there is a marked improvement to the road and we hope that similar schemes across the borough will also be as well received.”
The council has previously won the society’s awards - for its ‘streetscape’ guidelines, the introduction of pedestrian crossings in Hammersmith Broadway and for the lighting on Hammersmith Bridge.
The awards were presented at the Hammersmith Society’s AGM, at the London Corinthian Sailing Club, at Linden House in Upper Mall, and tied in with the society’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The society’s outgoing chairman, Melanie Whitlock, said:
“The anniversary represents 50 years of civic involvement by local people, making it the oldest amenity group in the borough. I am extremely proud that it continues to flourish and has input into planning issues and the future of Hammersmith’s townscape.”
Rosemary Pettit takes over the role of chairman after being voted in at the meeting.
The society’s main award went to Guy Greenfield Architects for the Treacle Factory in Goodwin Road, Shepherds Bush, which was praised for successfully linking old and new parts of the building and its contribution to the local streetscape.
The conservation award went to St Peter’s Church in St Peter’s Square, Hammersmith, for the recently completed restoration of its windows - a project that has taken the building back to its original appearance of 1825.
There was also an exhibition of photos from local residents called 50 Special Places - one place and photo to mark each of the years the Hammersmith Society has been running. Residents ranging in age from eight to 80 sent in photographs of their favourite places in Hammersmith, and included shots of the river, parks and Hammersmith Bridge. The exhibition is also running in the reception area of Hammersmith Town Hall until June 6.