Design contest launched to refurbish London location

A new architectural competition has been announced by the City of London Corporation with an aim to bring new life to Finsbury Park Gardens. While once hosting a bowling green, for over 10 years the city location has been designated a construction site for Crossrail.

Now, architects in Chester, London and other cities are being invited by the corporation to submit proposals that redesign the Grade II listed green space. To compete firms, must have revenues in the region of £550,000 to £1.5m, and create plans with a budget of around £2.8m.

Five of the firms shortlisted will be awarded £1,000 to create initial concept designs for the area positioned prominently near Liverpool Street and Moorgate underground stations. The chosen design will see the winner work alongside the City of London to bring the scheme into being.

Chair for the City of London Corporation’s committee of Open Spaces and City Gardens, Oliver Sells, commented:

“This an exciting project to reinstate the oldest and largest public open space in the City of London. Since opening in the 17th Century it has gone through many changes, but it has been at the forefront of public garden design and many of those who have worked there have gone on to great things.”

The aim of the project is to discover how the site can be restored, creating a new sustainable multipurpose public space close to London’s Culture Mile that stretches from Farringdon down to Moorgate.

The deadline for firms taking part to make applications by is 5:00 pm on Monday, July 6.

Posted by Mark
June 15, 2020

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