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Commendation Camden Design Awards 2008

Cantelowes skatepark in Camden was selected as a venue for the international Quicksilver ‘Bowl Rider Competition’ 2008

Robert Dye Architects has designed thirteen skateparks across England (London, East Sussex, Hampshire, Herefordshire) commissioned by various local authorities, most of which have now been realised.

In each project the skatepark was designed not only to satisfy the specific requirements of its recreational brief, but was considered as part of a wider opportunity for development. Emphasis was put on the skatepark as an urban regenerator, bringing together the local youth in an informal, optimistic setting whilst creating links to the general public and upgrading the surrounding environment.

Close collaboration with the Council and local BMX and skateboarders’ groups through participatory workshops, resulted in designs that meet the needs of all users, from beginners to advanced skateboarders and BMXers as well as the general public. These projects required teaming with other public realm consultants, including Landscape and specialist lighting consultants.

Good design and community engagement have resulted in some fantastic public spaces, and has developed Robert Dye Architects thinking on larger public realm projects.

Cantelowes skatepark in Camden has been heralded as the best skatepark in the United Kingdom and has hoste several national competitions. Moreover, it was selected from hundreds of European skateparks as the venue for the international Quicksilver ‘Bowl Rider Competition’ 2008.

Photography © Robert Dye Architects, © Steve M, © Ginothy, © Jonny Cairns.