Alma-nac and Chetwoods are among four teams chosen for the final round of The Royal Academy of Arts’ ideas contest for the capital’s brownfield sites
Atelier Kite and Maccreanor Lavington with East complete the shortlist of firms in the open competition which sought imaginative uses to fill ‘London’s urban jigsaw’.
The full shortlist
- Chetwoods (Laurie Chetwood) with Brookfield IDI Gazeley (Pat McGillycuddy), Quod (Sue Wilcox), Arup, Savills (Simon Collett)
- Atelier Kite
- Maccreanor Lavington and East with Max Fordham, Price and Myers and BAQUS
Launched in July, the contest called for a new ‘creative and imaginative’ approach to brownfield sites driven by ‘research into the economy, demographics and the urban fabric of surrounding areas’.
Alma-nac has proposed a series of live-work-teach environments on small brownfield sites surrounding Waterloo station while Chetwoods’ team has mooted a raft of new social enterprises within the city’s abandoned underground Postal Railway
The finalists will present their schemes during public events on 16 November and 1 March. An Royal Academy exhibition featuring the designs will also launch on 27 April.
Urban Jigsaw finalists
Make Good: Waterloo
‘The continuing upward trend of rent prices … is forcing certain groups of people out of central London, including young artists and makers. To counter this we are proposing a live-work-teach environment including a central hub and a series of workshops on smaller brownfield sites [in and around Waterloo].’
Chetwoods (Laurie Chetwood) with Brookfield IDI Gazeley (Pat McGillycuddy), Quod (Sue Wilcox), Arup, Savills (Simon Collett)
‘Transforming London’s longest brownfield site, the underground Postal Railway, into a supply line linking a series of ‘wells’ built on brownfield sites to support and re-connect city-centre manufacturing, logistics and social enterprise.’
‘Combining the space of a food market hall with compact affordable rental housing units … Hackney Kitchen is a new imaginary hybrid … it enables affordable living and promotes a sustainable urban food supply chain.’
Maccreanor Lavington and East with Max Fordham, Price and Myers and BAQUS
‘We seek to convert potential land redundancy from outdated public functions into additional capacity directly accessible to the local community. Imminent reform of the justice system offers an opportunity to apply this approach to a sector with inherent potential to support the social infrastructure requirements which need to develop alongside London’s growth.’