The annual What House? Awards took place in London this weekend with Ballymore recognised in two categories: Best Luxury Development and Best Mixed-Use Development.
Wardian, a development of 767-apartments across two towers in Canary Wharf, was awarded the Silver Award for Best Luxury Development – recognition of EcoWorld Ballymore’s emphasis on biophilia at the scheme and a celebration of its efforts in introducing nature to a dense built environment.
Speaking at the ceremony, judges said: “Canary Wharf traditionally shouts business louder than nature, but this scheme is about natural colours and organic materials”, adding that the company had “drawn on the recognised physical and mental benefits of incorporating greenery into living spaces, and the development is alive with different species of plants throughout”.
Embassy Gardens, EcoWorld Ballymore’s neighbourhood in the Nine Elms regeneration area of London was also celebrated at the ceremony. Judges noted the area had been “transformed into a thriving neighbourhood” with a “wide range” of amenities including the “gym, well-used co-working space” and the “unique” sky pool – a swimming pool which stands 35 metres in the air, suspended between two buildings at the scheme. Judges also said they were “impressed” with the facilities provided to the World Heart Beat Music Academy, a charity which also calls Embassy Gardens home.
Speaking after the ceremony, Ballymore managing director John Mulryan said: “We are grateful for the What House? judges for their kind words about our neighbourhoods in London.
“At both Wardian and Embassy Gardens we have invested in innovative design, trying to push boundaries in the capital’s residential offering. The judges’ remarks reflect our efforts, and we are delighted to be in receipt of more awards from our industry peers.”
The awards come just days after Ballymore founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Sean Mulryan was presented with an Outstanding Contribution to Business Award in Ireland. Judges celebrated Sean’s work, saying "he is one of the most significant and indeed successful property development companies in Ireland and the UK”.
See more of Ballymore’s recent awards here.