The Moorings: Street to Doorstep: Open Call for architectural teams

The Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce a new open call for architectural teams to partake in a series of honorarium-supported design workshops focusing on The Moorings Housing Estate in Thamesmead, South East London. 

Delivered in collaboration with Gallions Housing Association, The Moorings: Street to Doorstep project will ask a shortlist of selected teams to identify and propose potential solutions to issues relating to The Moorings, a 1960s-built housing complex, consisting of over 1,200 dwellings.

The Moorings currently presents residents and visitors with a warren of underused spaces and neglected corners.  The relationship between the surrounding streets and the internal residential spaces is hard to decipher and a lack of memorable features makes navigation within the estate difficult and at times counter intuitive. It is envisaged that through three targeted workshops, design-led solutions can be proposed to address some of the key challenges currently facing the Estate and its users.

Four teams will be selected through open call to take part in the project and will each receive an honorarium in order to attend the workshops and produce innovative proposals.  Consisting of a site visit, a stakeholder meeting and a final presentation the workshops will allow the selected teams to become familiar with The Moorings and the associated challenges it faces. It is hoped that a select number of proposals will be implemented as a result of the workshops along side the improvement works Gallions are currently carrying out on site.

The application process
Teams are asked to submit a portfolio of relevant past work along with a covering letter detailing their interest in the project by Monday 23 September, 10am.  Individual practices or teams are encouraged to apply but each team must contain at least one architect. Workshops will take place throughout October with final ideas to be presented in November. 

To download the full open call document please click here.