SITE SELECTION - A Challenge in the Thames Gateway
This year the site for the Build LONDON Live competition is a set in the Thames Gateway; which will eventually become the location for one of Europe’s biggest regeneration projects. The Bll2009 master plan will be located on a hypothetical man-made island in the Thames Estuary just off Southend.
The hypothetical master plan is intended to augment the proposed Thames Estuary Airport Island. It will provide the setting to design the hotels, office space, retail space and houses that will serve the proposed airport as well as creating a commercial and tourist ‘hub’ for the Thames Gateway project. The conceptual master plan has been devised by BIM Products and TOAST, a collaborative founded by the design duo, Eleanor Atkinson and Kristofer Adelaide.
By developing the proposed site into a detailed master plan, Bll2009 will demonstrate how Building Information Modelling (BIM) techniques deliver much more than the conceptual architectural schemes normally used on potential sites. Build LONDON Live will show how buildingSmart™ helps multiple stakeholders work together on large scale projects to create detailed information for reliable decision making quickly and efficiently.
Build LONDON Live will show how BIM is not just about designing buildings, but can also be used to help 'engineer' the designs for regeneration. After just 48 hours of intensive collaboration, Bll2009 will showcase the site as a master plan which offers a detailed alternative to existing proposals for regeneration in the Thames Gateway; one that provides the location for thousands of new homes and provides employment and regeneration along the Kent and Essex coastlines.
We stress off course that the designs for Build LONDON Live 2009 are completely hypothetical and there is no intention for any of the ‘virtual competition’ proposals to be submitted for planning consideration (although they will detailed enough for this). But in order to make the challenge realistic, the brief acknowledges existing and adjacent master plans as well as local and government development policies as stated in Thames Gateway Delivery Plan.