London Festival of Architecture announces Silvertown Flyover design competition

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) announces an outstanding opportunity for emerging architects to re-think a forgotten corner of London, with a design competition to design new creative workspace and improved connections beneath and around the Silvertown flyover.

The Silvertown flyover is currently a challenging piece of transport infrastructure at the heart of the Royal Docks area of east London, and the winning design will be taken forward in order to attract and retain creative businesses in the Royal Docks as the area emerges as a new business district for London.

The results of the competition will be on public display the London Festival of Architecture 2017. The competition is the first fruit of major new partnership between the London Festival of Architecture and Royal Docks partners, as plans take shape for the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone and Opportunity area to form the east London activity ‘hub’ during the festival, which runs from 1-30 June 2017.

As well as proposing creative new uses for the currently vacant site, it is hoped that the design competition will also offer innovative and practical responses to the logistical challenges of building under working flyovers in London and elsewhere.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 4 April 2017 . A shortlist of bidders will then chosen to further progress their designs, and the results of the competition will be exhibited during the London Festival of Architecture at a location in the Royal Docks.

Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Festival of Architecture said:

“As well as encouraging people to look at London in different ways, the London Festival of Architecture has always sought to achieve positive and lasting changes to London’s public realm. The Silvertown Flyover competition is a brilliant opportunity to engage fresh architectural talent and establish a creative re-use for this key location in the Royal Docks.”

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development said:

“We are committed to working in partnership with the London Borough of Newham to invest in the Royal Docks to accelerate delivery of a new business district for London, creating up to 40,000 jobs and 4,000 homes. The Silvertown Flyover design competition is a perfect way to mark the beginning of our exciting new partnership and will give emerging architects a brilliant opportunity to re-shape a difficult yet fascinating space in London, and play a part in the ongoing transformation of the Royal Docks.”