Creative Youth and partners are excited to announce the launch of a new public realm design competition in Kingston upon Thames. 

The area covered by the brief provides a unique opportunity for the area of Kingston Riverside to provide a space for animation, activity and joy. It needs to relate and respond to two new initiatives in locations that border the area The Factory of Futures and a space for start ups; The Knowledge Exchange.

What are we looking for

We want to see creative responses that take account of:
• Its position by the Thames and within the Kingston riverside
• Connectivity between the north and south of the Kingston riverside
• Its heritage relating to Kingston Bridge
• The need for a flexible and animated public space.

Kingston Riverside public realm by John Lewis Kingston

Who can enter

This competition is open to anybody interested in urban design. You may be an established architectural practice or you might be a start up design studio or a student with great ideas about how our riverside space can be more animated, fun and interesting. We are keen to hear from locally based practices/individuals as well as underrepresented groups.

Ideally you will be able to produce a RIBA stage 1 study for your scheme but the really important thing is the ideas you have for this space.

The limited budget means we aren’t looking for a wholesale renewal of the landscaping. The focus is on practical improvements to power, lighting and landscaping in order to
transform the appearance and use of the area.

Creative public realm/landscaping which re-uses existing materials and introduces greening would be welcomed.

Kingston Riverside public realm looking towards John Lewis Kingston

Competition submissions

Download the full brief

Competition submissions should be no more than 4 x single A3 pages

Key dates:

  • Deadline for receipt of Proposals: Friday 21 May 2021, 12 noon
  • Evaluation of Proposals: w/c 24 May 2021
  • Interviews: w/c 7 June 2021
  • Award of contract: w/c 14 June 2021

Please submit your competition bid to:
Andy Collins at

Please use the subject title in your email: RKTC Kingston Riverside Public Realm Competition Bid

If you require any clarifications, please email your query to no later than 3pm, Friday 14 May 2021

Final date for competition entries is 12 noon, 21 May 2021

Kingston riverside public realm tunnel under Kingston bridge