Better Bankside has launched an open design competition for a £77,360 modular pedestrian walkway on Lavington Street in central London
The contest, which is open to architects, landscape architects and other disciplines, seeks ‘original, beautiful and functional’ proposals to temporarily extend pavements on the busy back street.
The ‘Bankside Boardwalk’ project, set to complete next year, aims to transform pedestrians’ experience of the street where a one-way traffic system is soon to be trialled.
The winning scheme will be installed for at least three months in a bid to see how streets across the Bankside area of London could be upgraded in the future.
Bankside Urban Forest Manager Valerie Beirne commented: ‘The Bankside Boardwalk will be a creative and innovative structure.
‘The project will initially be trialled on Lavington Street and will provide a unique examination of how streets and pavements can be reconfigured to respond to the changing pressures that cities and towns face.
‘This includes accommodating increases in footfall and the need to navigate safely around building sites, temporary hoardings and roadworks.
‘It will also provide a testing ground for temporarily reconfiguring streets in Bankside before committing to delivering permanent changes to the public realm.’
Lavington Street originated as part of Bankside’s mediaeval street network, linking the major Southwark Street and Great Suffolk Street thoroughfares, and is now home to a number of hotels and businesses. A planning application to redevelop 25 Lavington Street is expected to be submitted soon.
Proposals must encourage greater footfall along the street, be robust, harness sustainable materials and be recyclable at the end of the project.
Digital submissions should be no larger than 8MB and include initial ideas and a description of the design team and proposed methodology.
Interested parties may attend a break briefing between 8.30am and 10am on 9 August. The deadline for submissions is 9am on 22 August.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information