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Ideas competition launched for Archway

An ideas competition has been launched in a bid to counter work currently being undertaken by BDP in London's rundown Archway area.

The Better Archway Forum (BAF) claimed that the competition, launched this morning, will aid its bid to block council-backed proposals being worked up for the vast 2.9ha site.

BDP was commissioned by the local authority, the London Borough of Islington, last August to design a masterplan for the neglected area.

But after becoming 'frustrated and disillusioned' by the consultation exercise, the BAF has now decided to launch its own search for a design solution.

The group is already working with a number of architects, including Farrells, to work up a design code.

'What we want to see from the competition are key thoughts which could make a difference,' Simon Kaufman of Farrells said.

'We aren't necessarily looking for fully worked up schemes. The winner might be an overlooked detail which could prove the tipping point for a scheme, or the outline for a new approach which isn't yet in the mainstream.'

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by Ed Dorrell

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