An architectural collective is to lead the design of a prominent public space in Thornton Heath with the help of two local artists following a competition by Croydon Council.
A team comprising of Compendium, Studio Yu and Tomos, will be leading on the design titled Made in Thornton Heath for the concrete space outside Ambassador House opposite Thornton Heath train station.
They were selected to design the £75,000 meanwhile project following a design competition hosted by the council’s regeneration team. Thornton Heath artists Van Dang and Bareface will be part of the process too, after impressing the review panel with their submissions for the site.
As a collective, the team will be developing a design for a meanwhile civic space to host community events, while also producing wall art reflecting the local area.
The submissions were reviewed, shortlisted and based on; concept, local connection, design quality, buildability, ongoing maintenance requirements and budget.
The architectural trio have worked together on similar projects, creating pieces for events in London and Copenhagen. The main focus of their submission was about creating a collaborative process and their desire to work closely with local residents and artists.
Tomorrow, the project team will be bringing a ‘listening station’ to the Tesco store in Thornton Heath, in order to hear people’s ideas for the new public space, between 11am and 2pm.
Councillor Paul Scott, cabinet lead for regeneration and planning, said: “This is very exciting news for Thornton Heath and the review team were delighted with the standard of the shortlisted entries.
“The architectural team selected did not submit a finalised design because they want the idea to emerge through engaging with the community that is going to benefit from the transformation of this public space.
“I look forward to seeing the design develop and become something residents in Thornton Heath can really get behind and be proud of.”
Councillor Paul Scott, cabinet member for environment, transport and regeneration
The winning team, who will be known as the CR7 Square team said in a statement: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this new community-led public space in the heart of Thornton Heath.
“This project offers an exciting opportunity to design from the bottom up, listening and learning from what the community want through a series of workshops and events.
“With a shared authorship approach we will deliver a community space that truly belongs to the people of Thornton Heath.”