Giant Slides, Zip Wires, Command Powered Scooters and a Multi-faith Portable Mobile Worship House – the essential winning ideas announced for ‘Future Wimbledonians’ children’s Ideas competition
Love Wimbledon surprised the two winners of the Future Wimbledonians Ideas competition by announcing their wins in their school assemblies.
The extraordinary ideas and creativity that the winners demonstrated bowled over the judges, many who are professionals in architecture and the built environment.
Winning entry: Molly McEvoy's mobile multi-faith worship house, ‘shape street’, command powered scooters and a green park
The competition, sponsored by Lauristons, was an ideas competition that put the future of Wimbledon Town Centre into the hands of our younger generation.
Molly McEvoy from The Priory C of E School won Wahaca vouchers and Julia Rehn from Holy Trinity won Chimichanga vouchers. Both were joint winners, winning £500 each for their schools.
Winner: Molly McEvoy receives her prize
Nearly 150 entries were received from around the borough with dynamic, fun and enticing ideas.
The seven expert judges were Marcus Beale from The Civic Forum, Asif Malik from The Wimbledon Society, Gary Elliott from Elliott Wood Engineers, Leigh Terrafranca Planning officer for WEHRA, Dickie Wilkinson designer, Paul McGarry Head of Future Merton and Sarah Hopgood from Lauristons Estate Agents.
Pupils in Merton were given the opportunity to voice their ideas and aspirations for the future of Wimbledon Town Centre.
Winning entry: Julia Rehn's slides, zip cars on wires, jet packs and lots more
‘How might you travel to Wimbledon, what sort of buildings, businesses or jobs would you like to see in the town centre?’ were questions posed in the new schools competition launched by Love Wimbledon, the Wimbledon Business Improvement District, and Future Merton, Merton Council’s regeneration team.
The competition aimed to get children in Merton to inspire the Future Wimbledon debate, about how Wimbledon Town centre could evolve and prosper over the next fifteen years and beyond.
Helen Clark Bell, Love Wimbledon’s BID manager commented "We had an outstanding standard of entries, especially from primary schools across Merton.
"From bins that come to you to pick up your waste, some magnificent slides and water chutes and lots more greenery. We hope to use some of the ideas in the future when we get ready for Cross Rail 2."
The winning ideas will be part of an exhibition in Wimbledon town centre outside Morrisons later on this month, alongside those submitted in the Future Wimbledon competition by professional architects and designers.
See all runners up and winners entries here