An LI member has won second prize in the RIBA Forgotten Spaces competition for his project Urban Climbing Tunnels

Gripping designs: McCoy's rock climbing proposal
Gripping designs: McCoy's rock climbing proposal

Steve McCoy, of Place Design + Planning, proposed rejuvenating a defunct air-raid shelter under Clapham High Street, turning it into a multi-purpose climbing tunnel. McCoy’s design includes opportunities for rock climbing, abseiling and potholing.

“I was doing a study of the street when I learnt about the tunnel,” says McCoy, who was presented with a £2,000 cash prize. “I saw an opportunity to give it a new use  – providing children in inner London with a place to experience climbing.”

The RIBA Forgotten Spaces competition recognises innovative proposals for the rejuvenation of neglected spaces in Greater London. McCoy’s design, along with the other winning entries, is on display at Somerset House until 29 January 2012. Click here for more details.

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