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Beautify Butler's Wharf

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Beautify Butler's Wharf

Beautify Butler's Wharf

Butler's Wharf Riverside Trust By Butler's Wharf Riverside Trust

We aim to hold a design competition to enhance, protect and preserve Butler’s Wharf Riverside in the interests of all its users.

Southwark Delivery stage

pledged of £13,280

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Our project aims to celebrate our industrial and maritime heritage by enhancing the hugely popular but unimagined riverside jetty that sits in the river, in-front of the warehouses of Butler’s Wharf, Shad Thames. The jetty, on the Thames Path, is nearly 100 years old and hugely popular with millions of visitors and Londoners every year. It is in a sorry state. There is huge potential to unite the community with our project which aims to improve the sense of place with better seating, lighting and greening. We've asked New London Architecture to run a competition inviting landscapers and architects to come up with designs on our behalf, protecting what matters, enhancing what exists and nurturing what is possible. Our competition will appeal to the brightest and best designers of our time, and includes paying basic expenses to encourage students and small practices to enter. Shortlisted designs will be part of a public display and an opportunity to vote for the winner.

What we'll deliver:

  • Hold a design competition inviting architects and landscapers to reimagine the jetty at Butlers Wharf
  • Conduct an open competition allowing everyone from students to global design houses to enter
  • Together with New London Architecture to agree a shortlist of 6 designs
  • Provide an honorarium to each of the shortlisted candidates
  • Get each shortlisted entry to create a presentation, including a model, of their vision
  • Conduct a 2 week public voting exercise
  • Appoint a judging panel and agree a winner
  • Fund a feasibility study so the winning design can become a reality

Why it's a great idea:

Ownership, rights and responsibilities of public space such as the jetty at Butler's Wharf, are hugely complex. We have worked for several years to untangle the history here and have reached a point where all the local stakeholders, residents and businesses, agree - it is time to act. While there is broad agreement that the area needs improving, a professional design competition is vital to ensure the highest possible standard of design. We have conducted a local questionnaire, held public meetings and worked with STAMP & STRA, the PLA, Council, Mayor's office and others, to pull the competition brief together and are confident our brief strikes the right balance between all the jetty users. The competition will have a phased approach, beginning with an Open Call, followed by a Shortlist, and at that point a further and vital round of public consultation. Feasibility, costings and maintenance also form an essential part of this project and the competition outcome.

Steps to get it done:

  • Conduct open competition with New London Architecture
  • Shortlist competitors and conduct phase 2 of competition
  • Select winning design
  • Conduct feasibility study and agree final design spec
  • Get costings and begin fundraising to deliver

We are a group of local residents who got together to make this happen. In common with many other projects, we are inspired by the New York High-line, and hope our campaign will connect with others to create a "green ribbon" along the riverside. Our project is supported by Shad Thames Residents Association (STRA), Shad Thames Area Management Partnership (STAMP), Illuminated River, Jubilee Gardens Trust, The River Thames Society, Zaha Hadid Foundation, Thames Luxury Charters, Anderson Rose Estate Agents, D&D London and many others. What we need to do now is conduct a professional competition to ensure we get the right design for the site.


Location Southwark

About the space

The walkway/jetty at Butler's Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1


London Borough of Southwark

How will the money be spent?Total £13,280

Each of six shortlisted practices to produce exhibition model - £4,200 (32%)
Production of exhibition plinths and perspect covers - £3,600 (27%)
One invigilator for two weeks - £1,500 (11%)
Simple exhibition signage and voting station / ipad on plinth - £1,000 (8%)
Printing - £800 (6%)
Catering for Pecha Kuchaa - £500 (4%)
Event photography - £400 (3%)
Other - £1,280 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Each of six shortlisted practices to produce exhibition model
Production of exhibition plinths and perspect covers
One invigilator for two weeks
Simple exhibition signage and voting station / ipad on plinth
Catering for Pecha Kuchaa
Event photography
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This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Our project begins with the design competition for which we are applying to fund. Once we have conducted the competition we will be looking to a) improve our website b) begin capital fundraising for the overall project so any 'overfunds' will be put towards these.

Total £13,280

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