Croydon Council has launched an open call for ‘pop-up’ and ‘meanwhile projects’ to fill empty plots in the grimy south London town centre
Prize money totalling £7,000 is being offered for the best suggestions for temporary stores, exhibitions and businesses which could be installed in the towns empty shops and under-used spaces.
The scheme is being funded by the Mayor of London’s riot regeneration fund; a pot of money made available following the 2011 riots which sparked by the shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham.
Among the judges are FAT Architects’ Sam Jacob, Roger Wade, founder of Boxpark and Trevor Reeves, owner of the House of Reeves furniture store which burnt down during the riots.
Wade said: ‘We’ll be looking for flair, innovation and a sound business plan. Nowadays pop-ups often have the potential to lead to successful long-term businesses, and I look forward to working with the rest of the jury and the council to choose the best ideas for Croydon.’
Architecture practice We Made That will be running workshops this month prior to the 31 March deadline.
The winners will be announced on 30 April