Capita Symonds Entry Nominated in Meanwhile London Awards

3 March 2011

Twelve schemes have been shortlisted in Property Week’s ‘Meanwhile London’ competition to find exciting and innovative temporary uses for sites in Canning Town and the Royal Docks.

The competition aims to kickstart the areas’ regeneration in the run-up to – and during – the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The winning entry will encourage entrepreneurial activities and create jobs, reflect the green aspirations of the area, involve the community, and make the areas compelling destinations for residents and visitors.

Capita Symonds’ ‘London Calling’ entry has been produced in conjunction with dRMM architects (masterplanning and sustainable structures); venue manager Industri (of Battersea Power Station fame); live event expert Fisher Productions; Educational Cultural Exchange (ECE Global Youth Village); and Montgomery (Festival Park).

Luke Charles developed the iconic logo and Jon Dean Editing created a video clip to capture the ethos of the proposition, while Stephen Mackay of Naval Liason has also been involved

The idea is centered around a major new sustainable visitor attraction which would include a garden festival, expo attractions, a ‘global youth village’, a BMX track, and extreme and water-sports facilities. It would host one-off international events and would have a London Calling arena to showcase young talent, all built using carbon-neutral sustainable construction methods.

The other entries include a honey farm, a mega-BMX park, a floating lido, two projects for turning waste into new products and art objects, a boat-building colony, and a 21st-century ‘pleasure garden by the creators of ‘Shangri-La’ at the Glastonbury festival.

Meanwhile London is being run jointly with the London Borough of Newham, the mayor of London and the London Development Agency (LDA) and its Design for London team.

The winners will be announced at the international property fair MIPIM in Cannes on 8 March.

All of the entries are available to view at

Images (c) dRMM architects