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'Light at the End of the Tunnel' winner announced


20 June 2005

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A linear park bringing light into the centre of the Victorian viaducts which carve through riverside central London has won first prize into an international architectural competition.
The 'Light at the End of the Tunnel' competition, created by Cross River Partnership (CRP) and Spacia sought creative and viable architectural ideas for restoring London's railway viaducts, attracting 53 entries from six countries.
A free exhibition of the results will run, as part of National Architecture Week, from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 June in restored viaduct arches in Wootton Street, near Waterloo station.
The competition was won by The Facility, a practice based in Bermondsey, just around the corner from the viaducts. It submitted ideas for a linear park to unite the two sides of the viaducts and create open space for community use. The proposal also outlined how the viaduct could be used for new commercial and residential space to create a diverse city environment.

In second place was FXV who proposed an elegant solution creating mixed-use space focusing on leisure uses such as galleries and theatres.
Third prize was shared by Lewis and Hickey who suggested prefabricated units to create new space using pods that can, in places, be pulled out to increase capacity and Carey Niemen Architects for a sculptural proposal uniting the two sides of the viaduct to create a hub for the creative industries.
The competition was managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects and forms part of a wider strategy to transform the viaduct.
Savas Sivetidis, director of CRP, said: "This competition will change the way the we think about the viaduct and speed up its transformation. All the winning entries were outstanding but the judges decision on The Facility was unanimous – it challenged conventional use and design."
Ian Campbell, director of Spacia, commented: "We were very impressed with the quality of entries submitted and the creativity and design innovation which came through in the proposals. The short listed entries really demonstrate the flair and talent in developing a new vision for the viaduct and I look forward to seeing how the regeneration of this important structure will take shape."
Chair of judges and RIBA Adviser Keith Williams added: "The winning entry intrigued the judges with its proposal to bring light into the centre of the deep archway and the idea of introducing a linear park connecting neighbourhoods was widely liked, At both a strategic and detailed level this scheme stood out from the rest."
Claire Price of The Facility said: "We are delighted to win such a prestigious competition. We now look forward to working with CRP and Spacia on this important and exciting project for London." 

Notes to editors

A high resolution JPEG of the winning design is attached. Images are available of other entries by calling CRP on 020 7641 2499. More information is at www.crossriverpartnership.org
About Cross River Partnership
An alliance of partners strengthening links between the two sides of the river and extending the regeneration of the south bank. It comprises Business Link for London, Corporation of London, Groundwork London, Lambeth Council, Learning and Skills Council, Network Rail, Port of London Authority, South Bank Employers' Group, Southwark Council, Transport for London, Visit London, Westminster City Council.
About RIBA
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions Office has vast experience of organising bespoke architectural competitions for a diverse range of clients, project types and budgets. RIBA endorsed competitions encourage excellence in design and ensure that architects compete with one another on an equal and fair basis.
About Spacia
Spacia is the largest provider of small and medium-sized business accommodation in the UK. It has 8,400 properties ranging from arches, business centres, offices and industrial units, to shops, leisure property and land. For more information on Spacia contact Liz Kearney at Camargue on 020 7636 7366 or visit www.spacia.co.uk

About The Facility
The Facility architecture practice has been operating for 8 years. Projects, both built and conceptual, explore a diversity of ideas ranging from regeneration and urban planning to design innovation and emerging technologies. Current work includes school and community buildings, offices and private residences across the country. For more information on The Facility call 020 7015 9182 or visit www.the-facility.co.uk


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