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‘Meanwhile’ London competition winners announced

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The Mayor of London has announced the four winners of a competition to transform derelict sites in east London

The four winning proposals are:

  • ‘Caravanserai’ for Canning Town: proposed by EXYST, Space Makers Agency, Ash Sakula and others, the project aims to create an ‘adaptable open courtyard surrounded by busy shops and production spaces’, produced by architects, thinkers, makers, community groups and local residents’.
  • ‘21st Century Pleasure Gardens’ for the Pontoon Dock: proposed by Strong and Co. The idea is for a ‘waterside festival site’ to feature year-round attractions and summer-time spectaculars.
  • ‘Industri[US]’ for the Royals Business Park: proposed by Fluid, with Colliers International, Dare and others. Their concept aims to rework and revalue found materials and waste products, bringing together artists, entrepreneurs, social businesses, local people and scientists.
  • ‘Royal Docks Baths’ for Pontoon Dock: proposed by Studio Egret West, this will be a ‘floating swimming pool in Pontoon Dock made from seven re-used Thames Lighters to form a pontoon, floating structure, cafe, restaurant and spa’. This site was not in the original competition but the judges decided it should be an extra winner.

Launched by Boris Johnson and Newham mayor Robin Wales, the contest challenged participants to come up with creative temporary uses for three ‘prominent’ locations owned by Newham Council and the London Development Agency.

Announcing the winners at MIPIM, Boris Johnson said: ‘These winning ideas will bring the sites to life and help the Royal Docks and Canning Town become a thriving new economic hub for the capital and a top class destination to live and work.’

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