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Gort Scott wins RIBA London Forgotten Spaces contest

Emerging starlets Gort Scott has won the Forgotten Spaces competition with is proposal to open up reservoirs in London to school children and day trippers

The practice saw off a shortlist of 20 schemes to win the competiton, backed by RIBA London, Design for London, developer Qatari Diar and the Architects’ Journal, aimed at finding solutions to neglected and overlooked pockets of the capital.

Reservoir Roofs, which earned the London-based outfot £5,000, tackled the ‘lost’ waterways and man-made lakes in the Lee Valley, between Tottenham Hale and Blackhorse Lane, creating a series of ‘small interventions’ allowing better use of the natural terrain.

The £2,000 second prize was won by Scott Brownrigg’s The Pool - a vast outdoor urban swimming pool bringing the Kingsway Tramway Subway back into use - while third place, worth £1,000, went to Craft Pegg’s Thames Archipelago.

The winners were selected by a jury that included: Mark Brearley, director of Design for London: Paul Finch, chair of CABE; Tony Heaton, chief executive of Shape; Jeremy Titchen, development director at Qatari Diar; Tamsie Thomson, the director of RIBA London; Judith Salamon, director of property and planning at London First; and Rowan Moore. architecture critic at the Observer.

Brearley said: ‘The winning proposals offer innovative and alternative approaches for distinct sites across London. This competition hashighlighted the potential in the city’s landscape for interventions and revealed some truly exciting thinking.’


An exhibition showcasing all the entries runs until 4 July at the Lyttelton Foyer, National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX 

Times: Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 11.00pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm(performance days only)



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