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Barge to the future: contest winners unveiled

Architects PCKO and Baca have been named joint winners in the contest to convert five old barges in London into new homes

The victorious schemes will be ‘developed and delivered’ in a key location on the Isle of Dogs, in London’s docklands as a ‘showcase of innovation in waterspace development’.

The Barge:Breathing new life into the Docklands contest was launched by British Waterways, in partnership with H20 Urban Ltd, to remodel five, 38m-long historic spits barges - brought over from the Netherlands - as part of a larger mixed-use development.

Discussing the winning submissions the judges, chaired by British Waterways’ London director, Mark Bensted said: ‘The approach demonstrated design flare and variety with considerable thought given to the three main areas of animation; the dockside, the urban space around the barges and the on-deck space.’

The winning proposals are currently on show in a New London Architecture exhibtion at the Building Centre, in Store Street, central London.



Readers' comments (2)

  • This is a perfect example of a proposal put forward by someone who has no experience or empathy with what a barge is.
    These barges, anyway, are probably Belgium and have no connection whatever with London.
    The proposal is monstrous
    Tin Tin could have done better.

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  • Oh! that's a new idea ... converting a barge to live in, I wonder why nobody had thought of that idea before?

    Mixed-use development great; until those on the land, attracted there by the convivial waterside environment, start to complain about the boat dwellers.

    Academia meets humans and fails again!

    New thinking required please.

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