futureMerton, in its role as MertonCouncil’s strategic planning and regeneration team, plan to commission a masterplan in 2015 to guide investment and manage growth for the next 15 years, considering the potential of Crossrail2 as a catalyst for growth.
In 2014 it held an ideas competition is a pre-cursor to that masterplan as an opportunity for rising stars and community champions so share their ideas for Wimbledon to share their aspirations at the earliest stage and inform the future plans.
The competition, organised by Merton Council, Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District and Design Council, attracted ideas from professionals and local creative communities whose imaginations were fired by the possibility of imagining the Wimbledon town centre of 2030.
Nearly 100 entries were submitted and a panel of judges, including Paul Finch, Alison Brooks, Peter Murray and Morag Myerscough shortlisted 29 from nearly 100 creative visions for the town centre.
The winners and runners-up in each of the two categories are:
1st place winner - £3000
Pablo Sendra Fernandez, Lugadero Studio
Pablo reimagined the town centre with giant slides, open air theatres and interactive games.
Pablo’s entry imagines a town centre with escalators, giant slides, open air theatres and interactive games. Playful and intelligent, the Seville-based architects’ idea was inspired by Aldo van Eyk’s transformed post-war Amsterdam.
2nd place runner up - £1000
Michael Betts, M12 Studio
A new "heart" for Wimbledon is presented with a pedestrianised Broadway.
Michael proposed creating a new “heart” for Wimbledon town by pedestrianising the Broadway and building a covered space running down to an Arts Square by New Wimbledon Theatre.
3rd place runner up - £500
Mark Jason Warren
Wimbledon Garden High Street
A truly green shopping street is created at the heart of Wimbledon.
Wimbledon Garden High Street Imagines a truly green shopping street. By taking the traffic away from the Broadway, the street becomes a flexible space with a series of gardens, independent market stalls and an open air theatre.
4th place runner up - £500
Holly Lewis, We Made That
The Broadway is transformed with outdoor market stalls and fitness classes
The Broadway is transformed with market stalls, performances and fitness classes in Holly’s Wimbledon Network, with rear yards revitalised as “green rooms” for local businesses and deliveries made by tuk-tuks.
1st place winner - £1000
Wimbledon East Hillside Residents Association
A ‘green grid’ is created to dramatically enhance pedestrian and cycle use.
A ‘green grid’ is created to dramatically enhance pedestrian/cycle use and safety, with elevated paths and ‘wormholes’ to allow easier traffic flow. A series of linked green spaces facilitates connections between the local community and businesses, and a South Bank style skate park provides a new congregation spot for young people.
2nd place runner up - £500
Wimbledon Concert Hall Group
A brand new concert hall to revitalise the town centre.
Wimbledon Town Centre is reinvigorated with outdoor sculptures, an ambitious new concert hall and a vibrant arts quarter, positioning it as an international cultural centre.
3rd place Runner up - £500
Tony Kane Studio
Unused space outside Wimbledon Theatre becomes a piazza.
An area of unused space outside Wimbledon Theatre is transformed into a beautiful new piazza where the public can enjoy outdoor performances and events.
Urban Forest: Wimbledon is covered by a tree-like solar street canopy which also collects and recycles rain water, with trees, meadows, allotments, gardens, playgrounds and ponds underneath. The station roof is transformed into a garden, and tennis played on the square in front.
Weston Williamson & Partners
The station concourse receives a major upgrade with extended taxi drop off and dispersed bus interchange, public squares, a remodelled Centre Court Shopping Centre and mixed use over-station development.
A Central Park on a deck covering the railway lines running into the station leads to a rebuilt station and plaza. A new road tunnel runs under the station to New Wimbledon Theatre and a new shopping centre, office quarter, enterprise centre, entertainment complex, public square, homes and landmark tower are built.
Sung Goo Yang
Wimbledon Garden: Dundonald Yards is transformed into a new urban park, with coniferous trees planted on steps along the railway to reduce noise pollution, a summer swimming pool/winter skating rink and an open area for markets and fairs.
Kam Fai Tai
A spectacular inhabited bridge rises up over the railways lines, reconnecting south to north with a game of ramps, stairs and balconies leading to a spectacular public park suspended in mid-air. The first layer would host shops, restaurants, cafes, offices and cultural spaces, while a second layer would be a green promenade with low-density housing.
A new airport terminal-style station is fronted by a public pedestrian piazza, with trees, shrubs, lighting features and shared space where the existing road is. An extension to Centre Court Shopping Centre is suspended above the station platforms and a public rooftop forested park and apartments tops off the station building itself.
Wimbledon Theatre Piazza: A new theatre piazza provides an outside area for al fresco dining with new paving radiating out, inspired by the circular theatre entrance. Retractable bollards will allow for theatre deliveries.
Using the tennis championships as inspiration, a series of elevated lawns offer strawberry-patch studded park space. Colourful inverted umbrellas provide cover during rainfall, and fold to allow the sunshine through when dry.
Andrew Partridge and Lucie Oliver, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
An ambitious scheme which includes a marketplace over the station, multi-storey office blocks, a pedestrianised Broadway, two new schools and Sky Farms, towers designed to grow plants at high levels with cafes at their base.
Marcus Beale, Wimbledon Civic Forum
A living wall greets passengers as they leave the station, new high-rise office buildings must have roof gardens with trees and planted terraces. Foot bridges over the railway link roads leading up the hill, and a new road bridge links Queens Road and Alexandra Road behind Centre Court Shopping Centre.
Kirsten Lees and Adina Bisek, Grimshaws Architects
A Green Bridge Square links the existing station and a new Crossrail 2 station, with a linear green park spreading east and west.
A new road crossing along Fairlawn Road alleviates traffic pressure and extends the town centre towards a new live-work complex at Dundonald Road.
Central Park: A new park designed to seem like a piece of the common lifted from the top of the hill and placed outside the station, with two new cultural buildings fronting onto it and more planting and living walls spreading out from it. New high-rise buildings up to 15 storeys high are built to the south-west of the town centre.
Hartfield Road is now two-way, traffic limited along the Broadway, and the car park replaced by a cultural centre. A new square is built in front of the station, a mixed use development over the tracks behind, and a linear park and urban farm stretches out north-eastwards. Small targeted projects trial new developments such as art galleries and cycle lanes.
Wimbledon Station is enlarged into Centre Court Shopping Centre and the police station demolished to make way for a new tree-lined square with a permanent big screen. The theatre car park would become a market place and new homes both built at Dundonald Yards and converted from empty office space.
Hadas Even-Tzur Levitt Bernstein
Wimbledon Bridge multi-storey car park, known locally as the Fridge on the Bridge, is transformed into a multi-layered hub with cafes, exhibition space, business incubator units, community facilities and a rooftop park.
A subterranean Wimbledon is created with an underground station, commercial hub and cycle tubes, while Wimbledon resident Sir Joseph Bazalgette's legacy, the London sewer network, is signposted and celebrated.
Above ground, pedestrians and cyclists are given priority with shared space on Wimbledon Bridge and the Fridge on the Bridge is replaced by a green canopy over the train line extending south west.