Projects Office named as winners of the Nine Elms Arch 42 competition
We are delighted to have been selected as the winners of the Arch 42 Gateways competition, organised by the London Festival of Architecture and Wandsworth Council. We are looking forward to developing the scheme in collaboration with the local community to create a bold new landmark that unites the Nine Elms regeneration area with New Covent Garden Market and the established residential areas.
Our proposal includes a dramatic funnel archway highlighting the tunnel’s southern entrance with integrated seating, a decorative arch to the north and a ‘community totem’ which glows at night. Creating a visual connection between Arch 42 and the new Tube stations, the bold design elements will orientate and direct visitors through the tunnel while also supporting active travel by foot or bike.
Almost 700 people sent in their comments on the shortlisted designs during a virtual public exhibition. Our entry was then selected by a panel of industry judges as demonstrating the best balance between innovation and artistic merit as well as showing deliverability and robustness for long term maintenance, themes that emerged from the public feedback.
Panel member David Bickle (Partner, Hawkins\Brown) said: “Projects Office’s winning proposal for Arch 42 effortlessly answered the brief and responded deftly to the complicated and challenging nature of the site. Both poetic and pragmatic it is a fitting theatrical response for a place that is experiencing dynamic and turbulent change.”Back