Thamesmead Waterfront Competition - winner

The client was the lucky recipient of five amazing proposals, from five very different teams that each offered much food for thought, so the winning team needed to be exceptional to win....

The winning team....

.... was led by Prior + Partners with Arup and comprised: West 8; The Place Bureau; Alison Brooks Architects; Turner Works; Marc Koehler Architects; JA Projects; Schulze+Grassov; Soundings; and Sage Culture

  • Team led by Prior & Partners with Arup/1
  • Team led by Prior & Partners with Arup/2
  • Team led by Prior & Partners with Arup/3

“We are thrilled that our team has been chosen to develop the vision and masterplan for this remarkable site. Thamesmead Waterfront has the potential to exemplify the best of what can be achieved when communities are conceived around strong principles of social value and natural resilience. The selection process has allowed our diverse team to explore this potential through a challenging dialogue with Peabody and Lendlease and we are delighted to have been selected to help shape the next stage in Thamesmead’s evolution.”

— Jason Prior, Prior and Partners

“The aspiration for Thamesmead Waterfront demands that we rewrite old rules on how to design and deliver a truly resilient and sustainable place. I am thrilled to be bringing Arup’s integrated design expertise to a project that will set the standard for how net-zero neighbourhoods will look, feel, and function. We look forward to working with Peabody, Lendlease, local residents, and our creative team to help shape a shared vision for Thamesmead.”

— Sowmya Parthasarathy, Arup

The other four shortlisted teams were....

Allies and Morrison with Jas Bhalla Architects; SLA; Ramboll; Montagu Evans; and Frances Holliss

  • Team led by Allies & Morrison/1
  • Team led by Allies & Morrison/2
  • Team led by Allies & Morrison/3

Studio Egret West and Cobe; with Dark Matter Labs; Studio Weave; Freehaus Design; Yinka Ilori Studio; AKTII; Hilson Moran; and Biomatrix Water

  • Team led by Studio Egret West and Cobe/1
  • Team led by Studio Egret West and Cobe/2
  • Team led by Studio Egret West and Cobe/3

Urban Orchestra led by Tibbalds, Expedition, Haptic Architects and Mikhail Riches; with Create Culture; Gardiner and Theobald; Gibson Thornley; GS Solutions; Innovation First; Kjellander Sjöberg; LOLA; Madeleine Kessler Architects; Mary Duggan Architects; Nick Elias Studio; Nordic – Office of Architecture; William Matthews Architects and ZCD Architects.

  • Team Urban Orchestra/1
  • Team Urban Orchestra/2
  • Team Urban Orchestra/3

White Arkitekter with Publica; Tredje Natur; Central Saint Martins; Public Works; Bohn & Viljoen; Buro Happold; GL Hearn; Aurora

  • Team led by White Arkitekter/1
  • Team led by White Arkitekter/2
  • Team led by White Arkitekter/3

“We believe the local community deserve the best expertise available and that the winning team brings together a wealth of knowledge to work on a project with some very unique characteristics. Their role will involve serious consideration of how Thamesmead Waterfront will evolve over the future decades, and how we need to meet the needs of both the existing and the future communities that will make the area their home. Critically the team selected starts as we mean to go on, embracing diversity and ensuring that everyone is able to contribute”

— Bek Seeley, Managing Director of Development for Lendlease in Europe

“We now have an opportunity for genuine place-making with cultural curation, leisure, connectivity, sustainability and wellbeing at the forefront of our thinking. Putting people first, we want to create a wonderful new mixed-use town centre for Thamesmead, with an approach that complements the wider regeneration of the town."

— John Lewis, Peabody Executive Director, Thamesmead

We wish our wonderful clients Lendlease and Peabody, and the winning team, much fun and enjoyment bringing this important project to fruition.

To find out more about the competition visit the competition webpage