The Airplot Design Contest

Last edited 27 January 2010 at 2:23pm

Update April 23: The deadline for this competition has now passed. No further entries are being accepted.

Exhibition: Come and see the Heathrow Contest entries »

Ever since we bought our piece of land on the site of the proposed third runway at Heathrow, we've been receiving suggestions for what to do with it. We've already sunk our roots into it by establishing an allotment and planting an orchard, but now we want to go one step further and for that we want to get your ideas. Watch the video above for more details, and read on for the full lowdown.

Got an idea? Here's everything you need

How to enter
360˚ panorama
Site plan (pdf)
Judging panel
Full rules

We want to see how we could fortify the Airplot so that, if the police and the bulldozers come to turf us out, we'll be able to physically block the construction of a new runway. Hopefully it will never come to that, because there's no way a new government can continue to support the runway plans, but we want to be prepared.

So we're running not one but two competitions. One is for architects and architecture students to come up with some practical solutions for how we can defend the land, and the other is open to everyone to let their imaginations off the leash. We want to make sure we get the best ideas out there so whether it's a tower, a tunnel or a bouncy castle, get sketching.

Creativity and brilliant ideas are more important than artistic or technical brilliance so even if you're not Frank Lloyd Wright or Frank Gehry, if you have any inspiration get it down on paper.

As if helping to protect the land wasn't enough (and you'd be doing that on behalf of the 65,000+ beneficial owners), the best entries from the public competition will be showcased alongside the architectural designs at an exhibition in London later in the year. We'll bring one overall winner to the exhibition to see their design on display and one of the apple trees in the Airplot orchard will also be dedicated in their honour.

Find out how to enter (you should also check out the full rules), see how the land lies with the site plan (pdf) and get a feel for the Airplot with a 360˚ panorama.

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