Forgotten Spaces 2010

Forgotten Spaces 2010


RIBA London competition and exhibition supported by Design for London and Qatari Diar.  First prize winner in 2010 Resevoir Roofs by Gort Scott. 


RIBA London with Design for London and developer and investor Qatari Diar launched the Forgotten Spaces exhibition in May 2010. It showcased the results of a major regional competition - launched in January 2010 - which invited proposals for overlooked pockets of land in Greater London.

Complementing the Mayor's Great Spaces initiative, Forgotten Spaces sought under-used areas of the capital and explored their possibilities. The exhibition featured all 20 shortlisted proposals, including the six commendations and top three winners focus.

A feature wall at the exhibition, supported by Bob Books, included all 150 competition entries.

The Forgotten Spaces 2010 Catalogue is available priced £59.99 from Bob Books.


The winners were selected by a jury that included; Mark Brearley Director of Design for London, Paul Finch- Chair of CABE, Tony Heaton Chief Executive of Shape, Jeremy Titchen- Development Director Qatari Diar , Tamsie Thomson- Director of RIBA London, Judith Salamon Director of Property and Planning at London First and Rowan Moore- architecture critic at the Observer.

  • 1st Prize: Reservoir Roofs by Gort Scott
  • 2nd Prize: The Pool by Scott Brownrigg
  • 3rd Prize: Thames Archipelago by Craft Pegg Limited

Schemes receiving commendations included: A New Productive Landscape by Boyarsky Murphy Architects, Hanging Gardens of the Circle Line by Chris Hildrey, Kingsway Hub by JAIA LTD, Nose to Tail by Dan Dodds, Park Lane by DSDHA, Atelier Saunt at EPFL and Walk The Line by Honey.

Forgotten Spaces 2010 full shortlist  

Prize fund

RIBA London with partners Design for London and Qatari Diar and announced the winners and awarded prizes at the exhibition launch event on 26 May 2010 at the National Theatre, London.

  • First prize £5,000
  • Second prize £2,000
  • Third prize £1,000




1.0 Forgotten Spaces is a trade mark of the RIBA.

2.0 Forgotten Spaces is an ideas based competition. Entries are not be built. The competition in 2010 was open to artists, students, designers and architects living and working in Greater London as defined by the 32 Boroughs and the administrative boundaries of RIBA London.

3.0 Design for London is a regional design resource for London. They are part of the London Development Agency (LDA) and work on behalf of the Mayor of London. Design for London’s role is to help the LDA ensure a design led approach to delivering improvements to infrastructure and the built environment in London. They also work with the boroughs and others to support the delivery of good urban change and well-designed projects across London.

4.0 Mayor’s Great Spaces is an initiative to revitalise some of the capital's unique public spaces. It will help transform some of London's recognised and lesser known streets, squares, parks and riverside walks into places Londoners and visitors will want to use and enjoy all year round. The initiative aims to celebrate and support the good work being done across London to improve public places. It will embrace projects at any stage of their development, including projects that are already part of other public space initiatives.

5.0 About QATARI DIAR Real Estate Investment Company is wholly owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, QATARI DIAR Real Estate Investment Company was established in December 2004 to support Qatar’s growing economy and to co-ordinate the country’s real estate development priorities. Qatari Diar is currently involved in more than 30 projects in 18 countries around the world.

Qatari Diar is becoming established as one of the world’s most trusted and respected real estate companies because of its commitment to quality, local community, partnership and hallmark sustainability.

Qatari Diar’s hallmark vision of sustainable development places community and local traditions at the forefront. The Company aims to create and manage property investments and developments which not only comply with the best international standards, but which also strongly reflect local culture and values. As a result, Qatari Diar’s projects deliver a distinctive and sustainable social, economic and environmental benefit to the community. In addition, Qatari Diar often enables local and international developers and investors to partner in its projects, and to work together in exploring other opportunities, both locally and internationally.

In the UK, Qatari Diar has a £5bn investment and development programme under way including the Chelsea Barracks project, its recent acquisition of the US Embassy building in Grosvenor Square, London, and its involvement in the development of the iconic, 300m tall Shard Tower, designed by Renzo Piano, which will become Europe’s tallest building and a catalyst for the regeneration of the area surrounding London Bridge Station, known as London Bridge Quarter.

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