Nineteen schemes have been selected as finalists in RIBA London’s Forgotten Spaces competition, run in conjunction with Design for London and investment company Qatari Diar

Millwall Dock Floating Gardens, a proposed new natural ecosystem by Form Associates.
Millwall Dock Floating Gardens, a proposed new natural ecosystem by Form Associates.

The competition, which aims to encourage original ideas for the design and regeneration of underused spaces across London, attracted 150 entries from students, architects, artists, designers and engineer-led teams. The nine shortlisted entries included proposals for Friern Barnet Sewage Works (led by Neil Davidson at J&L Gibbons), Millwall Dock Floating Gardens (led by Gabriel Spence at Form Associates) and the Thames Archipelago (led by Paula Craft Clegg at Craft Pegg Limited).

The jury, which included representatives from CABE, RIBA London and the Observer, was impressed by the potential that all the entries showed to breathe new life into deprived communities. “Ranging from ‘local solutions for local issues’ to ‘big ideas’, there were a great many innovative proposals that would, if implemented, make a real difference,” commented jury member Jeremy Titchen of Qatari Diar.

All the shortlisted entries will be displayed in a public exhibition at the National Theatre, London, from 24 May to 4 July. The three winners, who will each receive a cash prize, are due to be announced at the launch of the exhibition on 26 May.

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