The Thamesmead Waterfront Joint Venture (made up of Peabody and Lendlease) has today (26 October) announced that it’s launching an international masterplanning competition. The open call invites innovative, creative, collaborative and diverse masterplanning teams from across the world to submit their vision for creating a new London neighbourhood. The 100-ha Waterfront site has the capacity for thousands of new homes and significant commercial and leisure space, set amongst lakes, ample green space and over a mile of undeveloped river frontage.
Executive Director Thamesmead for Peabody, John Lewis, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us all to reflect on some really important questions for how we’ll want to live in the future. In a post-pandemic world, the project can be a catalyst to making a step change in how we want and need places to be. With the right transport interventions, Thamesmead Waterfront can drive our economic recovery; creating new jobs, homes, and businesses within a thriving and sustainable new town.”
Bek Seeley, Managing Director of Development for Lendlease in Europe, said: “We are looking to tap into imaginative minds from the UK and around the world as we plan the town of tomorrow for Thamesmead, and we’re looking forward to seeing the collaborations and creativity this competition will inspire. It is an opportunity for a wide range of individuals and organisations to think big and bold about what the future of our cities might be, and how Thamesmead Waterfront can lead in making that vision a reality”.
The competition will be a two stage process. The first stage of the competition is an open call, which will invite up to ten collaborative teams to meet with the Joint Venture on the basis of their expressions of interest. These should include an illustrated think piece and other materials to demonstrate the team’s approach to design, their skills, visionary thinking, expertise and commitment to diversity and the involvement of smaller practices. The project team will then shortlist no more than five teams to progress to Stage two in December - with a final winner to be selected in March 2021.
The launch of the competition is twelve months on from when we set up the 50:50 Thamesmead Waterfront Joint Venture with Lendlease, with the scheme being the largest in our 158-year history.
For more information, please visit www.thamesmead-waterfront.co.uk