A Gateway to New Malden Design Competition – Exhibition and Public Consultation

Earlier this year, Kingston Council and the London Festival of Architecture (LFA) launched a design competition inviting proposals for permanent public realm improvements to New Malden’s Fountain Roundabout and nearby pocket-park, creating a new visual focal point in New Malden to act as a ‘gateway’ to the town centre.

The competition invited architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to submit innovative and creative design ideas that would celebrate the town and its community, as well as create an inclusive and attractive green space. Applicants were encouraged to use a co-design and community engaged approach in their proposals.

This competition forms an important part of the Kingston Council’s wider place-making strategy to support the creation of vibrant and thriving town centres. At this site the council identified the need to improve the pedestrian environment, frequently used as an entry point into the town, enhance the offering of green space and increase biodiversity.

You can see the competition entries here

The Council’s Lets Talk portal says:

This exhibition includes the six shortlisted concepts that have progressed to the final stage of the competition. These will be on display outside Kingston Environment Centre, from 10am until 1pm on Friday 23 June, and from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 24 June in order to gather feedback from the local community and residents that will be used to guide the selection of the winning design team. The winning team will be announced in July 2023 and once appointed, will continue to develop the presented exhibition ideas with local residents based on their outline engagement approach.

Update June 2023

We had a fantastic response to the design competition we launched in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture to transform the public realm in the vicinity of Fountain Roundabout. 41 applications were received for the ‘A Gateway to New Malden’ contest, and now have a shortlist of six design teams.

Please click here to download information on each of the six designs Information on the six designs.

Thank you to all of those that took part in the engagement event or gave their feedback as part of the online survey. The feedback given will be used as part of the final judging process to select a design in July. Once a winner is selected, the winning practice will be expected to work with the local community to develop their initial concept in more detail.

The transformation of this area of New Malden is just one part of the council’s efforts to work with the local community to ensure the town centre thrives, and there will be further opportunities to be involved in community art projects and activities over the summer.

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Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Kingston Society