Here’s the new proposed plans for London’s Southbak announced this morning. Crossfire has the 411.

The Southbank Centre has been working on new designs for their new £1m skate park and unleashed this press release today.

They asked Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Rich Holland, an architectural designer at Floda31, who has made many skateable installations and sculptures – and both are skaters – to prepare a draft design brief earlier this summer. They then invited three architectural practices to respond to the brief – 42 Architects, SNE Architects and Rich Architects – who all have experience in designing skateable spaces.

The architects were asked to respond to designing a space, which transferred many of the physical aspects of the existing space, with the following qualities:

• Not looking like an explicitly-designed or purpose-built skatepark

• Not having any skatepark forms e.g. full pipes or large transitions

• Urban and gritty in appearance, for example using materials commonly found in non-skatepark urban spaces, such as bricks, flagstone paving, granite, stone or rougher concrete surfaces

• Provide a distinctive overall design quality or character, which is open and transient

• Facilitating or encouraging the site being appropriated or taken over by stakeboarding and other urban arts

• And being highly visible to the public, whilst welcoming approaches which integrate the public within the space.

• NEW, PERMANENT SPACE IS 120 METRES UP RIVER, 10% LARGER THAN EXISTING SKATE SPACE

• ARCHITECT WILL BE SELECTED WITH EXPERT PANEL OF SKATERS

• DESIGNS WILL BE SHARED AT EVENT THIS WEEKEND WITH SOUTHBANK CENTRE’S COMMUNITIES AS PART OF FESTIVAL WING CONSULTATION