Improve access to public open space LFA Canalside Competition

Westminster City Council and the London Festival of Architecture, in partnership with the Canal and River Trust, are delivering a new public realm intervention alongside the Grand Union Canal. The temporary project will be in place throughout June 2019 as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

The aim is to increase public interest and engagement with the canal, highlighting the opportunities that revitalising this vacant stretch of towpath can offer the Harrow Road community. The process will be used to inform longer-term opportunities and projects.

April 2019 Winning Team Selected

We are delighted to announce that a design collective comprising of COMPENDIUM + Studio Yu + tomos.design have won the won the competition to create a temporary public realm intervention alongside the Grand Union Canal. The team are based in Copenhagen and London and have a strong track record of pursuing socially useful design as a means of public engagement.

Their winning proposal ‘Co-Mooring’ plans to involve local people and users in all stages of the design process alongside the making and co-curation of a programme of events during the Festival. Their work promises to ask important questions around the activation, public realm improvements and policy changes needed to bring greater vibrancy to the Canal.

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March 2019 Shortlist Announced

Six design teams were shortlisted in March 2019. The teams consisting of Architects, landscape architects, designers and artists will now each develop a design concept for an experimental ‘cross-section’ through the Canal and explain how their installation will connect locals, visitors and passers-by with the canal. A full press release with team profiles can be found here.

The winning team will be announced in April and awarded a total budget of £30,000 plus VAT to develop a feasible design that can be delivered ahead of the Festival in June 2019.

 The shortlisted teams are:

  1. aLL Design
  2. Merrett Houmøller Architects and Jack Wates
  3. COMPENDIUM + Studio Yu + tomos.design
  4. KHBT LLP
  5. make:good
  6. Sisters and Tiger

 

February 2019 Competition Announced

Westminster Council and The London Festival of Architecture announced a competition for the design of a temporary public realm intervention where the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal meets the Westway. The competition aims to identify a design concept which will increase public interest and engagement with the canal, highlighting the opportunities that revitalising this vacant stretch of towpath can offer the Harrow Road community.

The competition is a precursor to wider improvement, testing ideas and strategies that can inform a permanent solution.

The competition will be judged by an expert panel including:

  • Ruchi Chakravarty (urban design coordinator,  Westminster City Council)
  • Tamsie Thomson (director, London Festival of Architecture)
  • Biljana Savic (local architect and director, Maida Hill Neighbourhood CIC)
  • Hannah Gibbs (enterprise manager, Canal & River Trust)
  • Frances Williams (technical editor, Architects’ Journal)

 [COMPETITION ENTRIES NOW CLOSED]

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