Wormwood Scrubs is transformed into a racecourse for the horseless in a scheme produced by Dominic Cullinan Architects as part of the Architecture Foundation's Hammersmith Roadshow. Residents' priorities were discussed during a day-long public meeting/event.
'There are 400 names on the waiting list for the riding school at Wormwood Scrubs,' Cullinan explains, 'so there's a whole constituency of children who would like to be able to enjoy the Scrubs but can't.' The proposal introduces a floodlit pedestrian clearway along the southern edge of the park. Crossings into the park giving access to informal sports areas are marked by floodlights - called ballpark figures - each of a different design.
Cullinan stresses that this is a design strategy rather than a finished project. He has not produced finished designs for the sports areas, but suggests provision for rollerblading, basketball, five-a-side, paddling, skipping and cycling.