Redesign Abbey Green

This competition will generate a selection of exemplar designs for the regeneration of Abbey Green, one of which will be taken forward and ultimately developed by LBBD with the winning team.

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project, Eol, Restricted, Two-Stage , Onymous
Genre Landscape
Country Barking, UK
Registration Deadline 17 August 2009 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 17 August 2009 (Must be Received)
Eligibility

Description
Abbey Green is a 6.5-hectare site steeped in history, with the origins of the original Abbey dating back to the 7th century. The Abbey was used as the royal seat in Saxon times, and later in 1066 by William the Conqueror while the Tower of London was being built. It was later demolished during the dissolution of the monasteries. The Norman church of St Margaret’s and its churchyard remain on the site, along with the 13th-century Curfew Tower. The site is recognised as having heritage merit of national importance (MOLAS 2007) and is understood to be one of the most important religious archaeological sites in Europe. A significant portion of the site is a scheduled ancient monument and the whole site falls within a Conservation Area.
The aim of the design competition is to create a high-quality vision for the whole park. This should maximise its links to the community and its potential as a site of national heritage importance, a vibrant venue for cultural events and as a prestigious town centre public open space.
The site has the potential to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the town centre, underpinning the regeneration of the area. High-quality design should reflect this and transform the site into a vibrant town centre park with the church and Abbey ruins at its core.
Design should not be solely limited to the boundaries of the park, but incorporate any necessary improvements to the surrounding infrastructure.

Jury
Cllr Bob Little, portfolio holder for culture, LBBD
Jeremy Grint, divisional head of economic development and regeneration, LBBD
Paul Hogan, divisional head of leisure and arts, LBBD
Kieran Long, editor, AJ
Representatives from DfL/LDA, tbc
Relevant independent professionals
Further details to be announced

Prize
£5,000 awarded to shortlisted teams to join second stage
£35,000 for the competition winner to complete the Stage D masterplan
Publication and Exhibition

Entry Fee
None

Entries
Two A2 boards and a CD with PDF versions of the A2 boards, Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ)

Submission Address
The Architects’ Journal
Emap Limited
Greater London House
Hampstead Road
London
NW1 7EJ

Timetable
Shortlist announced: 31 August 2009
Shortlisted presentation: by 16 October 2009
The winner announced: by 12 November 2009 in the AJ
Public exhibition: during October 2009 in Barking
Masterplan design period: February 2010

Organizer
The Architects’ Journal, Design for London and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Official Website
http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/story.aspx?storyCode=5204097

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