BY­RON CLOSE ES­TATE

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HIGHLY COM­MENDED: NOT-FOR-PROFIT HIGHLY COM­MENDED: SO­CIAL IM­PACT AWARD SHORT­LISTED: COL­LAB­O­RA­TION AWARD by Al­pha­bet­i­cal www.al­pha­bet­i­cal­stu­dio.com

A de­prived so­cial hous­ing es­tate in Thames­mead, South Lon­don, By­ron Close is over­shad­owed by an enor­mous con­crete dual car­riage­way: the Har­row Manor Way fly­over. Un­der­neath, the derelict spa­ces are un­lit and hot spots for crime and home­less­ness.

Lo­cal hous­ing author­ity Pe­abody briefed Al­pha­bet­i­cal to work closely with the com­mu­nity in By­ron Close to pro­duce an ex­te­rior struc­ture, be­neath the 120-me­tre-long fly­over, which could at­tract arts, fit­ness and recre­ation projects.

Thames­mead might be quite grey, but the for­mer in­dus­trial brown belt of land sur­round­ing it is filled with wildlife. Il­lus­tra­tor Rebecca Suther­land was com­mis­sioned to study 10 lo­cally thriv­ing an­i­mals, cre­at­ing sketches that were trans­formed into gi­ant con­crete sculp­tures, mounted on the fly­over’s side.

A num­ber of not-for-profit start-ups have al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est in oc­cu­py­ing the spa­ces, in­clud­ing a con­tainer cin­ema, mar­ket and out­door kitchen.

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