Forgotten Spaces London 2013: winner announced | News

Designed by emerging outfit 4orm, the Fleeting Memories proposal was chosen from 26 finalists in the RIBA-backed competition aimed at finding creative solutions for abandoned or disused sites.

The North-London based practice, which took home the £5,000 first prize, planned to resurrect the subterranean waterway, creating a ‘place of delight, recreation and relaxation’ next to St Pancras Old Church.

The £2,500 second prize went to Studio Pink’s Aquadocks – an ambitious scheme to transform the derelict space under the Silvertown Way Flyover into a public pool and spa.

A collaboration between Chris Allen, Marcus Andren, Michael Gyi took home the £1,000 third place award. The trio proposed converting the same East End flyover into a microbrewery.

There were also commendations for OMMX’s An Aerial View, Claire Moody’s Museum of Memories, Patrick Judd and Ash Bonhams’ The Gasworks, Mike Taylor and Daniel Marmot’s The Royal Pavilion and Urban Agri-Aqua culture by Ian Wale and Peter Wale.

The contest attracted 147 entries from teams of students, artists, designers, planners and architects. A special exhibition, sponsored by Qatari Diar and Ordnance Survey, showcasing all of the shortlisted schemes opened at Somerset House tonight (3 October).

The judges included Jeremy Titchen, development director of Qatari Diar UK, Fiona Scott, of Forgotten Spaces 2010 winner Gort Scott Architects and now member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, and the AJ’s editorial director, Paul Finch

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Forgotten Spaces London: finalists announced

The judges have selected 26 finalists in the London section of the RIBA’s nationwide competition aimed at revitalising disused sites

Run in association with the AJ, the contest is the latest in the series of ideas competitions which began in 2010, aimed at reviving disused or ignored sites.

Five ‘forgotten’ plots in London were suggested by London boroughs – Croydon, Enfield, Hammersmith and Fulham, Newham and Wandsworth – although entrants could suggest their own – and the submitted schemes ranged from a swimming pool in a disused tube tunnel to a bowling lane and brewery under the Silvertown flyover.

The contest attracted 147 entries from teams of students, artists, designers, planners and architects. The winner, who will receive a £5,000 prize, will be announced in early October. A £2,000 second prize and £1,000 third place award will be offered.

All shortlisted schemes will go on display in October at a special autumn exhibition, sponsored by Qatari Diar and Ordnance Survey, at Somerset House.

The judges included Jeremy Titchen, development director of Qatari Diar UK, Fiona Scott, of Forgotten Spaces 2010 winner Gort Scott Architects and now member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, and the AJ’s editorial director, Paul Finch.


The finalists

Lost World – Bromley by Bow Gasworks (Newham)

David Wakefield and Robert Nimmo
A proposed Zoo within an obsolete Victorian gasworks


A Regents Ribbon – 5 Corbrige Crescent (Tower Hamlets)

Philip Dugdale
A new robust, urban landscape featuring a boardwalk which wraps around gasworks


Adapt, Re-use – 138-141 Whitechapel High Street (Tower Hamlets)

Claire Dale–Lace
A flexible and adaptable gathering space space


Albert Island – Woolwich Manor Way (Newham)

Gunton Works (Mike Taylor and Daniel Marmot)
Landscape observatories linked by gravel walkways for a plot next to London City Airport


Aldwych Baths – Aldwych Station (Westminster)

Charlotte Tamplin, Charlotte Marshall, Kate Stevens
An underground public baths within Aldwych station, connecting the Strand to the Thames


An Aerial View – BT Tower (Camden)

OMMX: Jon Lopez, Hikaru Nissanke, George Rhys Jones, Alex Otiv, Tom Wilcock
The proposal would reclaim the decommissioned aerial platforms of the BT tower


Aquadocks – Silvertown Way Underpath (Newham)

Heather Lyons, Dara Huang, Soohyun Chang, Ryan Day, Remo de Angelis, Federica Russo, Lisa Hinderdael
A ‘gateway’ proposal to revive the memory of the waterfront at Royal Docks with sustainable technology


Bikebox – K6 Telephone Kiosk (Islington/Londonwide)

Sam Rose and Hoi Kei Lo
A cycle safety scheme to adopt and convert redundant K6 telephone kiosks into bicycle repair kiosks


Centre For Forgotten Beer – Wandsworth High Street (Wandsworth)

John Thompson
The proposed centre includes an outdoor brewing classroom and is dedicated to lost London beers


Fleeting Memories – St Pancras Gardens (Camden)

4orm: Richard Gooden, Stephen Coleman, Claire Priest
The proposal resurrects the Fleet River, creating a riverside park


Connected Places – Dock edge Tidal Basin, Royal Victoria Dock (Newham)

cube_design: James Baron, Victoria Bennett, James Lemanis, Joe Moorhouse, Andrew Turner, Daniel Villette
A series of themed ‘corridors’, woven into the existing city collage to create a contiguous public realm


Hidden Light – 90 White Post Lane (Tower Hamlets)

Threefold Architects
An urban flare acting as a reminder of the latent energy from deep-level sewers and lost Victorian technology underground


In The Canopy – Queen’s Park Estate (Westminster)

Studio McLeod: Duncan McLeod, Sarah Edwards, Annikki Mair
Elevated chairs within London’s trees, allowing the young-at-heart to enjoy the tree canopy


Kentish Town Square – Kentish Town Road & Leighton Road Junctions (Camden)

Harriet Bourne & Alex Warnock Smith
A concept for  generous new urban square over the rail lines of Kentish Town Station


Lepidopterium – York Way (Camden)

Liddicoat & Goldhill: David Liddicoat, Sophie Goldhill, Cherry Beaumont, Jamie Lilley
A charred timber and ETFE butterfly house for both exotic and native species


Museum of Memories – 121 Westminster Bridge Road (Lambeth)

Claire Moody
The scheme for the former London Necropolis and National Mausoleum will house a library of artefacts to preserve memories


Posters of Society – Silverton Parkway (Newham)

Gary Nash, Barry Walsh
A re-interpretation of the concrete support column as a Litfaß column, creating a living poster museum and urban park


Reclaiming the canalside – Regent’s Canal (Hackney and Tower Hamlets)

Bethany Gale
A proposal to reclaim canalside land including a waterside park


ScaletheBloc – [Beneath] Silvertown Way (Newham)

Fiona McQuaid, Landlayers Design
An urban climbing centre and natural play area underneath Silvertown Way


Sculpture & Sons – 33-37 The Oval (Tower Hamlets)

David Hunter-Wade, Alex Chinneck
A five–storey sculpture park, constructed from telescopic metal cubes


Shed ZED – The Croydon Adopted Highway (Croydon)

Colour Urban Design
Transform the Valley Park retail centre into a responsive, industrious, innovative place with a permeable public realm


Silvertown Brewery – Silvertown Way Flyover (Newham)

Chris Allen, Marcus Andren, Michael Gyi
A microbrewery and bowling venue 


The Gasworks – Greenwich Gas Holder, Boord Street (Greenwich)

Patrick Judd & Ash Bonham
Reimagining a gasholder as new parklands, a public square and venue space


The Royal Pavilion – Pier Road (Newham)

Gunton Works: Mike Taylor and Daniel Marmot
A disused platform in North Woolwich is reimagined as the plinth for a new pavilion


Urban Agri-Aqua Culture – Lower Marsh Lane (Kingston Upon Thames)

Ian Wale, Peter Wale
A new farm for the production of fish, fruit and vegetables


Urban Boardwalk – Collier’s Wood High Street (Merton)

Shanka Mesa-Siverio, Walter Mesa-Siverio
A flexible garden and community space




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