The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has launched a student-only contest to design an 18-mile marker for next year’s London Marathon
Open to UK-based Part 1 students and recent graduates, the two-stage competition seeks ‘bold and innovative’ proposals for a £10,000 installation on the Isle of Dogs marking the distance travelled by runners of the annual 40,000-strong long-distance race.
The project, supported by London Marathon Events and Arena Group, will create a landmark gateway signposting the route’s 18th mile and celebrating the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was 18 when he was murdered in 1993. Its installation will take place on the inaugural national Stephen Lawrence Day, which will be held on 22 April next year – just six days before the marathon.
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust chief executive Sonia Watson said: ‘This is a very exciting and rare opportunity for architecture students to have their work seen by audiences across the world. It is also a great way to celebrate the first Stephen Lawrence Day, bringing together his passion for architecture and design with his love of running. We are excited to see the designs that entrants come up with.’
London Marathon Events event director Hugh Brasher said: ‘We are proud to support the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust through this competition, which offers young architects a high-profile design opportunity at the world’s greatest marathon and celebrates Stephen’s legacy in the first year of the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day.’
Stephen Lawrence was an aspiring architect and talented runner who competed in the 1988 Mini London Marathon and was a member of Cambridge Harriers running club.
The competition is open to teams of up to four Part 1 students or graduates from UK universities. Entries will be judged by a panel including the trust’s founder, Doreen Lawrence.
Interested teams must submit conceptual proposals for an easy-to-assemble 18-mile marker harnessing sustainable and weatherproof materials. Ten shortlisted teams will be invited to further develop their proposals with a mile-marker manufacturer before the selection of an overall winner.
The registration deadline is midnight on 21 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information