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Ash Sakula and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects among five picked for Royal Docks charrette

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Ash Sakula and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects are among five practices chosen to take part  in the London Festival of Architecture’s (LFA) Royal Docks design charrette

The other teams participating are Farrells, The Klassnik Corporation with the London School of Architecture (LSA) and LYN Atelier with Urban Narrative. 

The charrette, to be held at ExCeL London, will explore options to boost connectivity between Royal Victoria Dock to Custom House station, which will be served by the Elizabeth Line from next year.

The teams will draw up a ‘meaningful and visionary’ placemaking strategy for the district, which is tipped for £314 million worth of regeneration over the next five years. The call for participants is supported by the Royal Docks Team in partnership with Newham Regeneration.

Drawing on the theme of ‘boundaries’ – the topic picked for next year’s LFA – the charrette will consider the barriers the Royal Docks area must overcome to realise its full potential.

Led by specialist facilitator Daisy Froud, the charrette will be split into two stages, the first of which will be held on Wednesday 28 November. 

In December, the teams will then return to present their design solutions that can encourage debate, progress local engagement, and have a positive influence on the future direction of the area.

The final design proposals will then be judged by a review panel of local stakeholders, landowners, and community members.

The organisers said the open call for applications, launched in September, had attracted 31 expressions of interest. 

Tamsie Thomson, director, London Festival of Architecture said: ’In the coming years the Royal Docks will be transformed thanks to millions of pounds of new investment, alongside new links thanks to the arrival of the Elizabeth Line.

’The Royal Docks charrette is an opportunity to bring exceptional architectural and design talent alongside local residents, businesses and decision-makers to make the most of the exciting changes now taking place.’

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Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: ’The Royal Docks is set to become an important new district of London, with the potential to generate 35,000 jobs, 4,000 new homes and attract more than £5 billion investment over the next 20 years. I look forward to seeing what London’s world-leading architects and designers have to offer in developing the vision for the area.’

Sarah Wigglesworth Architects’ team will be working with Fluid and Kinnear Landscape Architects. 

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