Bromley Council has launched a student contest to design a £35,000 canopy in Beckenham Green, south London
Open to London-based architecture students and recent graduates, the competition seeks conceptual proposals for a new lightweight canopy to be constructed over an existing open-air stage (pictured) within the town-centre green space.
The project is part of a £4.4 million package of public realm improvements to Beckenham High Street backed by the local authority and Transport for London. The winning scheme will be constructed on a 49m² plot close to the green’s Grade II-listed St George’s Church and several mature trees.
The council’s brief says: ‘The canopy should sit over an existing stone paved stage and electric cabinet adjacent to mature trees. Currently it is used year-round by the community for a variety of events.
‘Due to Beckenham Green’s Conservation Area status, the design is required to be of high quality which does not dominate the location. In particular, views across the park to the church must be maintained.’
Beckenham Green is located in the centre of Beckenham, a major retail hub and residential suburb.
The town centre is undergoing a £4.4 million investment in new public realm, including new pavements, road surfaces, street lighting, bus stands and upgrades to the green space next to Beckenham Station.
Proposals for the canopy will be expected to respect the surrounding structures and trees while also requiring minimal maintenance and being easy to repair.
Concepts must entirely cover the existing stage and be permanent, lightweight, multifunctional, and constructed from sustainable materials.
Submissions will be judged on their quality, inventiveness, response to the brief and deliverability within the budget.
The overall winner will receive a £500 prize and see their scheme constructed.
The deadline for applications is midday, 15 January.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
London Borough of Bromley
P49 Civic Centre
Tel: 0208 461 7145