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Feilden+Mawson has been appointed amongst a strong list of candidates to the Transport for London Architecture, Design and Urbanism Panel.

Feilden+Mawson's submission for Transport Architecture and Interchange Design envisaged a transformation of selected piers, such as the Tate's Modern and Britain and the Tower of London, into location-specific, elegant, multi-level belvederes. Ideas involved connecting the piers more directly to the life of the city, increasing the number of ferry users and general footfall on the new structures, and extending the ability of the piers to act as transport interchanges.

Having located Westminster pier as a model interchange for this submission, Feilden+Mawson intended to replace the existing pier roof with an upper level boardwalk. On arrival from the existing ramps, at the lower level, a platform lift provides a focus, arrival point and high-level view. Above, stepped terraces lead to the boardwalk level and spaces to photograph, canoodle, sketch, picnic, stroll, or just daydream. Interstitial spaces under the terraces contain toilets and concessions. There are sunshades, and glazed screens give protection in winter. A new street-level ramp connects the pier to the Embankment.

Thus, a new type of self funding mixed-use interchange for London, bringing a convivial, more fully experiential dimension to the river and key sites along it. And the Thames, viewed from these adapted piers as a new kind of iconic tableau, will gain vivid new meanings for us, and for London's millions of visitors.

Congratulations to Elsie Owusu, Charles Curry-Hyde, Evan Larbi and Charlotte Evans who worked together on this submission.