Manifesto to create digital hub in heart of London makes competition shortlist / by Broadway Malyan

A submission by Broadway Malyan’s Urbanism team examining the opportunities around ‘Smart Green Spaces’ in the City of London has been shortlisted in a major design competition.

The proposal, called Destination Bank, is one of 10 projects that have been shortlisted from hundreds of entries into the competition being run by The City Centre in partnership with the City of London Corporation and Brookfield Property Partners.

The Manifesto for the Square Mile transforms the space at Bank into a vibrant, accessible digital hub of multi-cultural activity where the daytime mecca becomes by night and weekends a centre for outdoor entertainment, recreation and education.

The proposals on the shortlist – which also includes work by Foster + Partners, Haworth Tompkins and Schréder and Atkins amongst others – will form part of an exhibition from May to July at The City Centre gallery, with each submission displayed for 10 weeks and the overall winner expected to be announced in May.

Director Monika Bik, from Broadway Malyan’s London studio, said the submission was the result of a major collaboration from across the urbanism team who met for their annual symposium in Lisbon in March.

She said: “The brief for this competition asked how we can use smart innovations to ensure that workers, residents and visitors make the most of spaces in the City while retaining a sense of tranquillity and heritage, themes that are at the very forefront of our approach on numerous projects around the world.

“This competition coincided with our Urbanism symposium so we were able to harness the collective creativity of colleagues from across the world in one room in a design charrette that developed a wide spectrum of fantastic ideas.

“To have reached this stage of this competition is testament to the talent we have within our global Urbanism team and to have turned around such an attractive approach to such a complex problem in an incredibly tight deadline is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved.”

To see the full shortlist go to https://www.asmartercity.london/shortlisted-entries