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Emerging designers shortlisted in contest to transform Nine Elms underpass

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Architects, landscape firms and vintage furniture upcycler Yinka Ilori make up a varied shortlist bidding for the commission to improve an unloved underpass in south-west London

The London Festival of Architecture this morning revealed the names in the running for the £200,000 overhaul of public spaces beneath Thessaly Road Railway Bridge in Nine Elms.

Ilori, whose work is influenced by Nigerian folklore, goes up against emerging London practices ArchitectureDoingPlace and Jan Kattein Architects.

Architecture and interior design firm De Rosee Sa and landscape and urban design consultancy Farrer Huxley Associates were also shortlisted for the scheme, which is seen as a key gateway to Nine Elms.

The shortlist is completed by a team of Peckham Coal Line architects Mesh Workshop, Scotland’s Bigg Design and London-based artist and designer Matthew McGuinness.

More than 100 entries were submitted to the contest, making it one of the largest responses to an LFA design competition.

Competition judges include Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership head of culture Anne Mullines, LFA director Tamsie Thomson and Studio Myerscough founder Morag Myerscough.

The winning team will be revealed in May and will receive £20,000 to develop a design eligible to be constructed and installed beneath the Thessaly Road Railway Bridge as part of the London Festival of Architecture in 2019.

Thomson said: ‘The shortlist offers a snapshot of the brilliance and diversity of London’s architecture and design talent, and we cannot wait to see their ideas as they develop.

’We’re proud to be harnessing the best of London’s design talent for the benefit of local people and communities, and looking forward to the next stage.’


- De Rosee Sa

- Mesh, BIGG Design and Matthew McGuinness

- ArchitectureDoingPlace, West Port & Co, Mary Evans, WriteTalkListen

- Farrer Huxley Associates

- Jan Kattein Architects

- Yinka Ilori

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  • There are plenty more where that came from - how about the Seven Sisters and Stroud Green Roads where they burrow under Finsbury Park Station? Or the truly horrible pedestrian experience of the Beech Street tunnel under the Barbican?

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