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Competition opens to transform key Thornton Heath site

Croydon Council is calling on designers to come forward with innovative plans to reinvigorate a prominent site in central Thornton Heath into a space for community events and locally-inspired art.

The council’s regeneration team has opened the bidding process calling for innovative ideas on how best to transform the concrete space outside Ambassador House opposite Thornton Heath train station. The winner will develop a design for a meanwhile civic space to host community events, while also producing wall art that reflects the local area.

The competition, which has £15,000 in council funding, is open to specialists including architects, landscape architects and artists, especially if the designers live or work in Thornton Heath or Croydon.

The project comes as part of a wider long-term council focus on regenerating Thornton Heath, including upgrading civic spaces, investing in businesses and supporting local public art. The ongoing Thornton Heath High Street regeneration scheme is part of the Croydon Means Business programme.

Councillor Paul Scott, cabinet lead for planning and regeneration, said: “Thornton Heath is really going places, and the next step in its ongoing regeneration is this project to transform an underused open space into a vibrant outdoor community and arts venue for local people.

“The winning bid will be able to demonstrate how it has engaged closely with Thornton Heath people to produce an exciting and locally-inspired design, and I look forward to seeing this site being upgraded to benefit the community.”

The submission deadline is 5pm on 11 January 2019. For more information on the project and how to apply, email: zohra.chiheb@croydon.gov.uk

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