AJ Exclusive: Lynch Architects wins Abbey Green design competition
Lynch Architects has won the AJ/Design for London competition to redesign Abbey Green in East London
The contest, run with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD), received 40 entries with six shortlisted practices asked to develop their visions further.
This week, Lynch Architects’ project was declared the winner by a jury that included Mark Brearley, director of Design for London; Jeremy Grint, head of regeneration for LBBD; and Liza Fior of Muf Architects, whose Barking Square arboretum recently won the European Prize for Public Space.
The jury felt this project was the most ambitious and provided new ideas on how the two local schools could interact more with their environment. It was also praised as the ‘strongest project architecturally’. The project, which includes a tower-like museum, is listed as one of 50 aspirational schemes in line for £220 million from London Mayor Boris Johnson, also announced this week. Johnson has pledged his support for street and public space projects across the capital’s 32 boroughs, with the first wave seeing investment to be delivered by 2012/13, including redeveloping Leicester Square.
Speaking at the launch of his Great Outdoors plan – effectively the successor to Ken Livingstone’s 100 Public Spaces strategy – he said: ‘I want to work with the boroughs and other bodies to shape and breathe new life into London’s public spaces.’
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