EXTENDED DEADLINE: Design competition launched for ‘Class of 2015’ to create a 21st century market barrow at The Royal Exchange

A new design competition has been launched for 2015 design graduates in London to design six new market barrows for The Royal Exchange in the City of London. This competition provides the opportunity to re-imagine a traditional market object for the 21st century in one of the most prestigious locations in London. Working with investors/developers Oxford Properties and architects Aukett Swanke, London’s newest designers will be given the opportunity to create a unique and beautiful mobile retail outlet that will be constructed and located pride of place in the courtyard of The Royal Exchange. For many, this will be their first commission and the brief is to push imagination to the limits and come up with a concept that embodies innovation and creativity in a contemporary luxury retail environment.


Interior of The Royal Exchange

The competition calls on this year’s graduates to propose designs for either internal or external barrows that can work with or without power. The designs should complement and enhance their surroundings and must function as temporary pop-up retail spaces. Entrants can consider the purpose of the barrow or create one that is fit for multiple uses. Each barrow must be mobile but the judges will be looking for designs that push the boundaries of the brief.


Entrance to The Royal Exchange

Entries will be accepted from design graduates across the capital and collaborations are encouraged. The shortlisted designs will go on display in an exhibition set to take place in The Royal Exchange later in the year and the winners will receive mentoring support and a budget to build their creations for a launch in 2016.

The deadline for the first phase of the competition is 4pm GMT on Friday 11 September.

Design Competition Brief

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For more press information on this project and Aukett Swanke please contact:

Gloria Roberts, Miriam Mandel or Rob Fiehn at Caro Communications

T: +44 (0) 20 7713 9388

E: gloria@carocommunications.com / miriam@carocommunications.com / rob@carocommunications.com