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Competition: Powis Square Gardens

ArchitectureDoingPlace's contest-winning ‘Portobello Pavilion’
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Kensington and Chelsea Council is looking for a design team to overhaul the historic Powis Square Gardens in west London

The winner of the estimated £40,000 contract will deliver a £220,000 overhaul of the public green space in Notting Hill, which hosts an annual pavilion commission, designed this year by emerging practice ArchitectureDoingPlace (pictured).

The project, due to start on site in spring 2019, will refurbish the small park, adding a dog-free play area incorporating ideas from local school children along with new railings, paving and a drinking fountain.

In its brief, the council says Powis Square Gardens has been ‘a public park for the residents and community to enjoy’ since it opened in 1968.

‘The play area has been extended in the last 10 years,’ it says, ‘however design of the park has been a series of piecemeal developments, and we now have an opportunity to carry out further works, improving the value of this open space for residents, visitors, and wildlife.’

Powis Square Gardens is off Portobello Road in the heart of Notting Hill. It has hosted various contests and film shoots since opening in 1968 and plays an important role in the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

The Portobello Pavilion is an annual architectural commission hosted within the gardens. ArchitectureDoingPlace – founded by architect David Ogunmuyiwa in 2015 – won this year’s scheme in a charrette process against rivals OMMX, Practice Architecture, West Port and Co, and The Decorators.

The latest project will refurbish the park to create a ‘vibrant usable space, catering for a number of different uses’. Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.

The deadline for applications is 9 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

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