New Ordnance Survey RIBA Awards for London map

Last week saw the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), reveal the winners of the RIBA Awards for London 2011. The awards ceremony at the V&A museum also saw three special London awards, with the Chiswick Park Café by Caruso St John taking the region’s top honour as the RIBA London Building of the Year Supported by BLP Insurance. In addition, The Olympic Delivery Authority for the London 2012 Velodrome by Hopkins Architects Partnership LLP won the Design for London Client of the Year Award.

Ordnance Survey was a sponsor for the awards and for the third year running we produced a new Ordnance Survey RIBA Awards for London map which details all the winning schemes across London. The map is mailed to RIBA members and is also available free from the RIBA London office.

The 'front' of the Ordnance Survey RIBA Awards for London 2011 map. The 'back' shows each of the buildings in detail.

The ‘front’ of the Ordnance Survey RIBA Awards for London 2011 map. The ‘back’ shows each of the buildings in detail.


Our Cartography and Design teams work together to produce the map from the information that RIBA provide. The map of London shows the locations of the buildings shortlisted for the awards on one side, with detail about the buildings on the reverse. Catching up with Paul, one of our Cartography team, he told me how the map is put together:

We populate a geographical information system (GIS) with the postcodes RIBA supply for the shortlisted buildings. From this, we can then work out the extent of our map of London – and hope that they aren’t spread out over too wide an area!

So far, we’ve always used our 1:25 000 mapping to plot the building locations. We use this as a backdrop and have to ensure it doesn’t ‘fight’ with the design theme colour that RIBA specify each year.

As there are so many A-roads in London, and these are magenta on our mapping, we have to strip the colour out of the roads to prevent it overpowering the design. This task takes the most time in producing the map. We then add the design to mark each building location and apply a transparency layer to the mapping to ensure the buildings are highlighted clearly. Finally, we number the buildings to match the detail on the reverse of the map completed by our Design team.

This is just one of many specialist maps that our Cartography team produce each year to support businesses and charities in their work. Read our previous blog posts to find out more.

If you’d like to find out more about the RIBA Awards for London 2011, visit their website.

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