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    Overwhelming response to Hammersmith HighLine competition

    Nearly 200 expressions of interest have been received for the public ideas competition to generate ideas for a Hammersmith Highline on a disused railway viaduct.

    The competition has been organised by Hammersmith BID and local architect group West London Link. The competition aims to forge ideas that could transform the 300m elevated stretch of viaduct into an attraction similar to New York City’s High Line.

    No idea is off the table with the judges looking for schemes that are practical and could be delivered on the site. Which sits between existing railway lines that run adjacent to King Street, as well as more offbeat ideas.

    Hammersmith BID said the competition had struck a chord with the public. Nearly 200 expressions of interest have been received including architects and professionals working in the built environment sector. Also, a large number of community groups with no prior design experience. The competition has also attracted international interest. All entrants were invited to view the existing site this week and assess access issues.

    “We have been overwhelmed at the response and are delighted that the competition has captured the imagination of the public, particularly with a number of local community groups getting involved.

    “This is an opportunity to suggest ideas for a community space in the heart of the town centre as well as an attraction which would draw people to Hammersmith. It is exciting that so many people have grasped the concept and we are looking forward to seeing what ideas emerge.”

    The scope of the site to be considered includes the adjoining Kings Mall retail complex and a part of King Street. The Highline project is intended to stimulate creative thinking not only about a derelict railway site, but, as importantly, to inspire ideas about the regeneration of the High Street and the activities that happen on and around it.

    The expression of interest phase has now closed and the winners of the competition will be announced on 7 June after judging by an independent panel.

    Two £5,000 prizes, sponsored by Kings Mall and Hammersmith BID, will be awarded to the winners.

    Entries will then go on display at an exhibition in Kings Mall from 22-30 June as part of the Hammersmith BID Summer Festival and will also be shown digitally on the Big Screen in Lyric Square.

    A separate competition for local schools with prizes donated by Medidata will take place in early June and the entries will form part of the exhibition at Kings Mall.

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