Carlos Sanchez and Tom Benton met while working at 6a architects and established their practice in 2017 to work on projects that have a social, poetic and architectural ambition. They work collaboratively and enjoy a process that values ongoing conversations with clients, colleagues, consultants, and all users of the architecture. Gabriel Kuri is a Mexican artist, whose sculptures and installations explore systemisation, consumption and the complex relationships between the innate material properties of things and their ‘real world’ meanings. Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture at the University of Sheffield and is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative, ecological approaches to planting design in public spaces, and how this can address climate change and a sustainable future.
The 6 shortlisted teams have been awarded a £1000 honorarium to develop their initial concepts with residents and local stakeholders. Their proposals will then be displayed in a local exhibition which will be open to the public from 30th November to 12th December – feedback from this exhibition will be used to inform the final stage of the competition. The winning team will be announced in January 2022 and once appointed, will continue to develop the presented exhibition ideas with local residents based on the outline engagement approach. It is anticipated that the improvements will be delivered in late 2022.
The competition is being judged by an expert panel including Aida Esposito (Founding Director, creativethinking), Rosa Rogina (Director, London Festival of Architecture (part of NLA), Sanjiv Sangha (Head of Technical, Design Quality and New Homes, Optivo), Colin Wilson (Head of Regeneration, Old Kent Road), Laura Schofield (Membership Development Manager, Landscape Institute) and Conor Sullivan (local resident).
Cllr Helen Dennis, Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency and Sustainable Development, Southwark Council, said:
“I’m excited about the much-needed transformation of Bramcote Park. All six of these shortlisted teams have the potential to bring a truly innovative approach to the project. I can’t wait to see the initial concepts they each provide for the public exhibition opening on 30 November. I hope as many people as possible take the time to look at the ideas and to provide their feedback before we take a final decision on which design should be developed further.”
Rosa Rogina, director of the London Festival of Architecture (part of NLA), said:
“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Southwark Council on this project, and it’s been fantastic to see such a broad range of entries, from teams working across a wide array of disciplines.
The competition is a brilliant opportunity to transform the park’s role in the community and each shortlisted team captured our imaginations with their ambitious initial responses to how the park can better serve local residents - both as a welcoming and safe gathering space and with much-needed amenities. I am really looking forward to seeing how the shortlist have been developing their ideas alongside the community, and to see the concepts displayed in the upcoming public exhibition.”