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Royal Docks London Design Competition 2013

Regeneration Development + Buildings, England, UK Design Contest

7 Nov 2013

Transforming London’s Royal Docks with water sensitive urban design – new open ideas design competition is announced.

Registration opens today to find new design ideas for London’s Royal Docks. The Landscape Institute and Ecobuild, with support from the Mayor of London and London Borough of Newham, have launched ‘The Royal Docks Ideas Competition’ to find innovative design proposals that would transform the Royal Docks into a multi-functional, ‘liveable’ space.

Royal Docks London Design Competition News

Comprised of three docks in East London – Royal Albert Dock, Royal Victoria Dock and King George V Dock – the Royal Docks is the largest enclosed docks in the world with a water area of nearly 90 hectares. The judging panel want entrants to incorporate green infrastructure and water sensitive design ideas into their proposals in an effort to make the area more resilient against environmental, social and economic challenges and to transform it into a world class location.

Redundant docks have proved to be ideal regeneration projects – Canary Wharf, Salford Quays and the Albert Dock are all waterside-led regeneration success stories. But the docks at the centre of these schemes are left untouched as big, empty swathes of water that are hardly used by the occupiers of these new developments. The Royal Docks offer the potential to provide a range of functions including water activities, parkland and development space, to enhance ecosystems, improve connections between land and water and food production.

The Mayor of London is preparing to seek a development partner to deliver a floating village at the western end of Royal Victoria Dock. At 4km, the Royal Docks are the length of Central Park, and offer almost 90 hectares of water space with enormous potential to be brought to life.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “London’s Royal Docks, historically the throbbing arteries of UK trade and commerce, present a huge opportunity which I’m determined to capitalise on. My vision is to develop a world class innovation and business district, creating local jobs, homes and economic growth. On the docks we’re already taking great strides to achieve this. On the water, with some imagination and creativity, the possibilities are endless.”

Speaking about the competition Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, said; “We hope this competition will help us to ask questions and promote debate about how we should plan and manage more ‘liveable’ cities and urban centres in the future. We want the competition to demonstrate how a landscape-led approach to design can transform the public realm – making cities more prosperous and resilient. Entrants need to embrace green infrastructure and water sensitive urban design and demonstrate how they can help transform the area into a better place to live and work.”

Thomas Lane, Group technical editor, Building & Ecobuild said: “Ecobuild is the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Excel, situated on the Royal Docks, has been our home for the last 4 years. It is very exciting for us to be turning our attention to this familiar neighbourhood and showcasing what a sustainable Royal Docks might look like.”

Victoria Thornton OBE, Founding Director of Open-City said: “It is clear through our sustainability programme Green Sky Thinking Week that London must embrace innovative design solutions to ensure we create a future London that is vibrant and liveable for all its citizens. We are delighted to support the Open Ideas Competition that recognizes the importance of a cross-disciplinary and community enriching design.”

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “London is moving eastwards and the Royal Docks offer an investment opportunity in scale unmatched anywhere in Europe. This exciting competition is a pivotal part of their reanimation.

The Docks are being transformed into a living, working community of high quality offices, workspace, retail, residential spaces, leisure and entertainment facilities. They will become a vibrant, exciting and fun visitor attraction which will draw people not just from across the capital – but across the country. They are providing a major boost for the local economy and the area fully deserves its reputation as one of the capital’s must-visit places.”

The judging panel includes Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, Thomas Lane, Group technical editor, Building & Ecobuild, Ric Blakeway, Deputy Mayor of London (Housing, Land and Property), Peter Barbalov, Partner Farrells, Victoria Thornton, CEO of London Open City and Colm Lacey, Head of Regeneration, London Borough of Newham.

The competition is open to all individuals and teams. Entrants should not be constrained by restrictions including current planning law and land ownership issues. The design ideas should innovate, inspire and challenge, but entrants are encouraged to consider the practicalities of realising their scheme.

The competition is sponsored by Marshalls plc the UK’s leading manufacturer of hard landscaping products. The deadline for submissions is 6 January 2014. The winners will be announced at Ecobuild on the 5 March 2014. The winner will receive £2,000, second prize is £1,000 and four runners-up will receive £500 each. The top 20 designs will be exhibited at Ecobuild, which takes place from the 4-6 March at the Excel Centre.

Further information is available by visiting

Royal Docks London Design Competition information received 071113

22 Nov 2011

Royal Docks London Contest

Design: Heatherwick Studio

Royal Docks London Contest design by Heatherwick Studio
image from London Development Agency

London Development Agency Director for Land and Development Stephen Kennard said:

“The Royal Docks is London’s biggest remaining development opportunity and the London Development Agency and London Borough of Newham have world class ambitions for its growth.

Royal Docks London Contest design by Heatherwick Studio
image from London Development Agency

Thomas Heatherwick has produced some stunning initial images that should capture the imagination and show how the Royal Docks regeneration can create a shared identity and illustrate the potential for their future.”

Royal Docks London Contest design by Heatherwick Studio
image from London Development Agency

Royal Docks London images / information from London Development Agency

Heatherwick Studio

Another Royal Docks London design on e-architect:

Royal Docks Business Park
Design: KCAP with Maccreanor Lavington Architects
Royal Docks Business Park London design
image from architect

Royal Docks Business Park

KCAP, in collaboration with Maccreanor Lavington Architects (KCAP-ML), have been selected to develop a masterplan scheme for a 20 ha site, 1.3 km long and 200 m wide in the docklands area of London. (Royal Albert Dock).

Location: Royal Albert Way, London, England, UK

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Paperhouse, Kensington & Chelsea, west London
Paperhouse Kiosk
photograph : Cristobal Palma
Paperhouse : Newspaper Kiosk design

Rolling Bridge, west London
Rolling Bridge
image : Steve Speller
Rolling Bridge

Key design by Thomas Heatherwick:

Shanghai Expo – UK Pavilion, China
Shanghai Expo UK Pavilion

Another Royal Docks building on e-architect:

Silvertown Quays
Design: Farrells
Silvertown Quays Royal Docks

The Shard
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)

Royal Academy of Arts London

Royal Courts of Justice London

Royal Danish Embassy

Thomas Heatherwick

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