This is the ‘meanwhile’ scheme that we submitted for the recent RIBA Forgotten Spaces competition, which featured in the London exhibition at Somerset House.
The design is a vision of what the land could be used for during the next 5 to 10 years whilst the site is being prepared for phased construction. Proposals are two fold: provide a community urban farm and revitalise the existing theatre by creating an events space at the southern end of the farm forming a dialogue with the train station. The idea being that if you are waiting for a train and you have time to spare you can spend some time shopping for local produce, wander through the farm or rest on the terraced ramp and watch whatever is happening in the events space. Additionally, if you are just arriving into Croydon for the first time the space acts as a welcome mat, whilst also directing you towards the centre of the town via the more pedestrian friendly streets rather than the imposing car dominated streets to the south.