Council partners with London Festival of Architecture to launch ‘A Gateway to New Malden’ Design Competition

Fountain roundabout new malden photography by kes tchaas eccleston 1
Fountain roundabout new malden photography by kes tchaas eccleston 1

Kingston Council has partnered with the London Festival of Architecture (LFA), to launch an exciting new design competition that will support New Malden’s high street recovery. 

The competition is asking for designs that will create an inclusive and attractive public space in the heart of the town centre, including the re-landscaping of the roundabout and neighbouring green space. Design considerations will also need to address the damaged fountain and could suggest opportunities for a new monument which will signal a gateway into the town, whilst also celebrating the character, culture, and heritage of the area.

Six shortlisted teams will be announced, and their entries will be displayed as part of an exhibition in New Malden that everyone can attend. The local community will be able to provide their feedback and comments, which will then feed into the final judging stage, with a panel consisting of local community, council and industry representatives.

Applicants are invited to submit their proposals by midday, 11 May 2023, and shortlisted teams will be confirmed in late May. For more information on this competition, including details on how to apply, please visit

Cllr Lesley Heap, New and Old Malden Neighbourhood Chair, said:

“New Malden is a unique place with a vibrant community, and this is a great opportunity for us to continue to celebrate the pride we feel in our town.


“Making our town centres more attractive is a key part of our work to regenerate our borough and support the local economy. Exciting plans like this one help us to improve our community spaces, and bring life into the town centre.


“I look forward to seeing the proposals that come out of this design process, and working with local representatives on bringing forward a successful scheme that we can all benefit from.”

Rosa Rogina, Director of the London Festival of Architecture, said:

“We’re so pleased to be working with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on this exciting competition in the vibrant town of New Malden. At LFA we’re keen to test ways of improving London’s public realm and green spaces – such as those around Fountain Roundabout.


“We can’t wait to see how applicants take a community led approach, making the site more people-focused, through their design proposals.”

Published: 14th April 2023