Reimagining Butler’s Wharf London Festival of Architecture 2020 News, LFA Design

Reimagining Butler’s Wharf London

25 June 2020

Reimagining Butler’s Wharf London Festival of Architecture 2020

Reimagining Butler’s Wharf

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust (BWRT) have launched a new design competition inviting architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to enhance the riverside promenade at Butler’s Wharf.

The competition seeks design solutions that will encourage visitors and residents to use and cherish one of London’s most popular riverside spaces. The winning design will be an imaginative response to the site, connecting users to the space, its surrounding river and buildings, and to the site’s rich maritime and industrial heritage.

Butler’s Wharf London River Thames landscape

Butler’s Wharf photos © Steven Ehrlich

The Butler’s Wharf site, known locally as ‘the jetty’, comprises a concrete pier upon the River Thames, and supports the Thames Path running from St Saviour’s Dock and the former Design Museum building towards Tower Bridge. It is overlooked by the largest collection of preserved Victorian warehouses in London, which were transformed by Sir Terence Conran in the 1980s into a thriving residential neighbourhood with a string of hugely popular restaurants, pubs and cafes opening onto the pier.

Butler’s Wharf River Thames promenade

Despite its popularity, the riverside promenade at Butler’s Wharf lacks design coherence and a sense of place. The space was completely overlooked when the site was repurposed for housing, and very few of the millions of people who use it every year are aware that the Thames flows underneath.

Butler’s Wharf London River Thames promenade

The site is decorated in places by large (and cherished) nautical artefacts but otherwise has evolved accidentally over the years. Now, under the leadership of Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust and with the support of Southwark Council’s ‘Cleaner Greener Safer’ programme, the design competition is an opportunity to enhance the jetty and to create a pleasant, green and healthy place that reflects the maritime, industrial and human history of Butler’s Wharf.

Reimagining Butler’s Wharf River Thames

In keeping with the London Festival of Architecture’s mission, the Trust want to democratise the space – as somewhere that can welcome everyone and unite the local community.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel comprising:

Sir Terence Conran (designer, restaurateur, retailer and writer)
Sarah Gaventa (director of the Illuminated River Foundation)
Johanna Gibbons (partner, J & L Gibbons)
David Ogunmuyiwa (principal, ArchitectureDoingPlace and Mayor’s Design Advocate)
Dr Emma Sanderson-Nash (chair, Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust)
Ruth Slavid (journalist and editor)
Tamsie Thomson (director, London Festival of Architecture)

Information for entrants is available on the London Festival of Architecture website here.

The deadline for first stage expressions of interest is Friday 24 July 2020. Up to six shortlisted teams will be awarded an honorarium of £500 to develop a design concept. The winning team will be awarded £7,900 to deliver Stages 2 and 3 of the RIBA Plan of Work, which will then enable the Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust to raise funding for delivery and to navigate the site’s many and complex issues around ownership, rights and responsibilities. The Trust hopes that the winning scheme can be delivered or at least started in 2022 to coincide with the jetty’s centenary.

Reimagining Butler’s Wharf London River Thames public realm

The judges welcome entries from, or collaboration with, groups who are under-represented in architecture. This is in line with the Mayor of London’s Supporting Diversity Handbook.

Rosa Rogina, head of programme at the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“Millions of Londoners and visitors have strolled along Butler’s Wharf without giving a thought to the promenade beneath their feet, and even fewer will be aware of the site’s fascinating heritage. We are delighted to be working with Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust to enhance one of London’s best-loved yet accidental public spaces. Opportunities to re-imagine such a prominent site are few and far between, and we hope that as many teams as possible will seize this amazing opportunity.”

Reimagining Butler’s Wharf London River Thames

Dr Emma Sanderson-Nash, chair of Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust, said:

“After years of being told nothing could be done and in response to overwhelming support from our community, we are really excited to be able to launch this competition with the London Festival of Architecture.

“We want to encourage visitors and residents to continue to enjoy this important space but also to cherish and understand why it is here, with better lighting, seating and greening while also protecting the views. There is an overlooked but vital link between its former warehouse history, the energy of the riverside and its modern use as vital open space in our busy city. It’s one of the most iconic yet left behind places in central London and deserving of a serious rethink.”

Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust (BWRT) began as a sub-committee within STAMP (Shad Thames Area Management Partnership), leading on issues facing the community regarding the site known as ‘the jetty’ at Butler’s Wharf, which was becoming increasingly neglected. In 2017, the sub-committee evolved into a resident-led campaigning group, the Friends of Butlers Wharf Riverside, and the ‘Friends’ became a registered charity in February 2020 (Charity no. 1187952)

The Trustees meet on a regular basis, and report to both STAMP and STRA (Shad Thames Residents Association). The Trust were successful in being awarded £30k from Southwark Council under their ‘Cleaner Greener Safer’ programme to fund this competition.

Twitter: @bwriverside
Instagram: @butlerswharfriverside
www.butlerswharfriverside.org

Previously on e-architect:

London Festival of Architecture 2020

London Festival of Architecture 2020

Coal Drops Yard
Architects: Heatherwick Studio
Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross
photo © Hufton+Crow

Coal Drops Yard

Bloomberg HQ London – 2018 Stirling Prize Winner
Bloomberg European Headquarters London office building
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London Building

London Festival of Architecture

Twitter: @LFArchitecture
Instagram: @LondonFestivalofArchitecture
www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

London Festival of Architecture, 26 Store St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7BT, United Kingdom

LFA – London Festival of Architecture Archive

Liminal by Wolfgang Buttress
Liminal by Wolfgang Buttress London Festival of Architecture 2019
image © Sam Scales

London Festival of Architecture City Parklets 2019

Flanders Architecture Institute Exhibition in London

LFA Thessaly Road Railway Bridge Contest
LFA Thessaly Road Railway Bridge Competition

LFA London Bridge Public Realm Competition Shortlist
London Bridge Public Realm Competition Shortlist News

London Festival of Architecture Dulwich Pavilion Shortlist
Dulwich Pavilion London Festival of Architecture
photo courtesy of LFA
Dulwich Pavilion 2019

London Festival of Architecture 2017
London: Design Capital buildings image from LFA
image courtesy of LFA
London Festival of Architecture 2017

London Festival of Architecture Installations 2016
Peckham Levels
image from RIBA

London Festival of Architecture Installation in Clerkenwell
London Festival of Architecture Installation by Wilkinson Eyre

Festival of Architecture London

London Festival of Architecture

Location: 26 Store St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7BT, UK

London Architecture

London Architecture Links – chronological list

London Architectural Walking Tours by e-architect

London Architecture

Universal Works Store , Coal Drops Yard, London N1
Architects: Studio MUTT
Universal Works x Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross London
photography : MUTT © FRENCH + TYE

Universal Works x Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross

Agar Grove Homes, Camden, North London
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Agar Grove Homes in Camden
photograph © Jack Hobhouse

Agar Grove Homes

London Architect

Comments / photos for the Reimagining Butler’s Wharf London Festival of Architecture 2020 page welcome

Website: London