The London Festival of Architecture (LFA), in partnership with Ballymore, Barnet Council and Transport for London (TfL), has launched a new design competition, ‘More Edgware, Less Anywhere’. Emerging architects, landscape architects and designers are invited to submit a proposal for a new public realm intervention in Edgware, re-introducing greening on the High Street.
A century ago, Edgware train station once stood in a field, with green spaces and open countryside on its doorstep. However, the access routes to Edgware’s greenery have become obscured as the town has overgrown.
Applicants are asked to provide a creative design solution for a site-specific public realm intervention that introduces new greening in the town centre, while improving the visibility and permeability of Edgware’s existing green spaces, drawing on the place’s historical roots and improving the experience for residents and visitors.
The project's key objectives are to deliver a design that celebrates the character and history of Edgware, introduces planting and greenery into Station Road in a way that integrates successfully with the bustling high street, and explores this year’s LFA theme of ‘In Common’. Designers should consider what people have in common when they gather in and use public spaces and the diversity of users and communities in Edgware.
The council, in partnership with Ballymore and TfL, has an ambitious programme of town centre investment to create thriving town centres that people want to live, work and spend time in. This temporary intervention for the LFA will be an exploratory project, testing out some of the long-term ambitions for the area’s improvement which will be used to inform the wider work.
‘More Edgware, Less Anywhere’ will be delivered in parallel with a programme of centenary celebrations for Edgware Town Centre, including a mural and series of shopfront windows installations.
Interested applicants are invited to submit their proposals by midday on 22 February 2023. The winning team will be confirmed in late March.
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