Mount Pleasant Competition
The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum has announced the results of their competition for designs for the second phase of their plan to turn their alternative master plan for the Mount Pleasant site into a reality.
A fascinating variety of entries was received, in line with the community’s broader objectives around Mount Pleasant: to promote debate, openness, and collaboration with the aim of achieving the highest possible standards in the design of buildings and open spaces around the sorting office site and throughout the Neighbourhood Area.
The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum was pleased to welcome submissions from across the architectural profession, including young professionals and seasoned experts. As requested, entrants imaginatively interpreted the site’s context, and creatively challenged the master planning principles. Entrants explored a range of styles and strategies, and there was a healthy dose of both eccentric and typically London designs, as encouraged by the brief.
In light of the diversity of approaches, rather than selecting just one overall winner, the Mount Pleasant Association have instead decided to award commendations to three entrants: Clarke Renner, Solid Space Architecture and Atomik Architecture.
Edward Denison from the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum commented that:
‘The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum has always championed the widest possible public and professional engagement in the future of this important site. This competition is further evidence of the importance of this kind of approach. We were delighted and extremely grateful to see such a range of entries and in particular the innovative engagement by young professionals, all of which is further proof that there should have been a much wider and deeper engagement of local and professional communities by the Royal Mail Group to obtain the best possible outcome for this site and for London - for the many and not the few.'
Nicholas Boys Smith, Director of Create Streets commented:
‘We are delighted to be able to again work with the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum to organise this competition. The range of possibilities demonstrated by these entries show the enormous benefit that the community’s alternative master plan could bring to the area. The competition demonstrates that achieving the alternative master plan is a realistic and feasible proposition, and once again shows the value of communities and professionals working together.'
The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum and Create Streets have been in touch with the winning architects. They are in the process of setting up meetings with each, to award their prizes and to discuss how they might work together as the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum moves forward with their plans for the site. The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood Forum would like to sincerely thank all entrants for their contributions to the competition.
You can find full information about the competition, including the judge's comments on each entry here.
You can find the original information for entrants here