Landscape architects Bethany Gale and Sarah Tolley have been revealed as the winning team in the contest to reimagine London’s Royal Docks
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The proposal by BDP staff member Gale, and Tolley, who works at Levitt Bernstein, transforms the former shipbuilding dock into a marina ‘encouraging sport, leisure and wildlife preservation’.
A ‘green axis’ through the scheme would link Thames Barrier Park through to the Wilkinson Eyre-designed Siemen’s Crystal, the Emirates cable car and the DLR station, improving accessibility to the site.
Speaking about their design, Gale and Tolley said: ‘Silvertown Docks proposes a new type of marina for the Royal Docks that balances the past with the present. Once used as a graving dock for shipbuilding and repair, the site is transformed into a unique series of spaces that encourage both ecological and human uses.’
Commenting on the winning scheme, the judges said: ‘This has a sense of place and a notion of history. It has a seeming effortlessness that comes together into something that is believable. It creates a green oasis in the docks and has elements that will appeal to everybody, humanising the dock and softening its hard edges, making the most of existing assets.’
The pair saw off competition from 20 other shortlisted entries to bag the £2,000 prize money.
Second prize went to Arup’s masterplan for a technology hub surrounding London City airport with new flood defences and large-scale food production.
The judges also awarded four runners-up prizes to Studio Engleback, Baharash Architects and students Christos Diplas and James Hartwell.
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Revealed: shortlist in contest to reimagine London’s Royal Docks
Arup and Gensler among 20-strong shortlist in London Royal Docks ideas competition
The contest, run by the Landscape Institute and Ecobuild, called for ambitious proposals to reimagine London’s Royal Docks.
The proposals, which tackled the issues of surface water flood risk, water pollution, and drought, included rain gardens, floating villages, food production, and new parks.
BD Landscape Architects: Albert Island - an urban park with a productive orchard and boardwalk riverwalk
Studio Engleback: Biophilia - a floating garden city with ‘Boris pedalos’
Arup: E16 6BL - a scheme introducing new flood defences and large scale food production through hydrophonics
Bethany Gale and Sarah Tolley: Silvertown Docks - a new mixed-use dock development
Shu Kuei Hsu of the University of Washington and Qian Qian Ye of Cornell University: The Resilient Docks - a sustainable development integrating green infrastructure and water sensitive design for future climate change mitigation
Konrad Boncza-Pioro: Silvertown Quays and Minoco Wharf - designs to establish a new aquarium as a centre for marine and inland water ecosystem studies
Artem Barkhin of Leeds Metropolitan University: Silvertown Green Docks - a new floating village, urban forest and network of wetlands
Andreas Boden and Malan Í Jákupsstovu: Silvertown Wetlands - a green nature retreat and walkway acting as a wetland flood plain
Baharash Architecture: Water Boulevards - a network of ‘water boulevards’ to transform the Royal Docks into a series of floating villages
Gensler: A Landmark for Living - a new park, bridges and transport links to improve connectivity within the Royal Docks
James Hartwell at the University of Sheffield: Re-Connecting the Docks - a new bridge to connect the proposed London City Island and Trinity Buoy Wharf with Victoria Dock
The Ecology Consultancy, The Green Roof Company, Charlotte Harris Landscape Design and Marianna Magklara Architecture and Environmental Engineering: The Ecosystems Engines - clusters of island pods and pontoons, including a wet woodland, flower rich habitats and grey water harvesting
Floating Forest by Greysmith Associates - a proposal for a floating forest
GAAM Architectes: Fade-In Landscape - a greenway stretching the length of the docks
Metrostudio UK: 3 Systems - a new canal side living and a riverside park
Christos Diplas at the University of Sheffield: Narcissus - a series of reflective greenhouses to provide energy for lighting and heating
Kay Pallaris, Jamie Abbott, Francesco Bernabei, Nick Udal, Briony Turner, Mena Shah, Francesca Guarascio and Luis Rojas: The Sensory Docks - a masterplan which uses the five senses to connect with local surroundings
Carl Hong, Farah Dakkak and Brad Clothier: Life in Technicolour - a floating village, public square, wetlands, beach and rain gardens
Jonathan Dancey at the University of Gloucestershire: Project Float - a floating development based on a modular design with infinite uses and layouts
HWP Planungsgesellschaft mbH: What if We Move the River? - a plan which imagines the redirection of the Thames to unlock land to form a new River Thames Park
Commenting on the shortlist, Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute, said: ‘It’s time we started to see water as a valuable resource – rather than something to be hidden away underground. Recent events in Somerset and elsewhere in the country have demonstrated that the UK desperately needs a fully integrated approach to flooding, water supply and land use management. The designs on the shortlist show what is possible if we adopt a mixed green, grey and blue infrastructure approach. I hope this competition helps stimulate debate about how we should be planning and managing more “liveable” and water-sensitive places in the future.’
Competition judge and Open-City founder Victoria Thornton, added: ‘The thought-provoking green designs demonstrate how neglected areas generally, as well as the Royal Docks, can be transformed into vibrant and liveable environments.’
The twenty-strong shortlist was chosen from more than 65 entries.
A winner will be announced at Ecobuild later this week.
Revealed: winner of Royal Docks contest