Schools Get Chance To Create Future Vision Of Wimbledon

Pupils could win prizes in design competition

A new schools ideas competition has been launched to get pupils debating the future of Wimbledon town centre.

It is being run by FutureMerton, the council's regeneration team, and Love Wimbledon, the Wimbledon Business Improvement District.

Organisers say school-aged children are the future generation and should be able to provide a valuable insight into what they would want to see in a town centre, what types of businesses should be there, what sort of buildings, the types of jobs they would want to be available, how they would play and live there, how they would use a town centre plus any other ideas they may have.

Ideas: can be submitted in the form of drawings or paintings or words (digital may be considered, please contact when pupils have their ideas ready, they can put their entry in the box at the Love Wimbledon Information Desk in Centre Court along with the entry form attached.

Prizes: There will be a cash prize for the school with the overall winner and prizes for the winning pupils of all key stages too.

Deadline: The competition deadline is October 27.

All ideas submitted will be judged by a panel of architects, businesses and community group representatives. The chosen ideas will also form part of an exhibition in the town centre later this year, alongside those submitted in the Future Wimbledon competition  by professional architects and designers.

Lauristons Estate Agents in Wimbledon sponsoring the Future Wimbledonians Competition and is looking forward to seeing how the pupils of Merton Schools visualise Wimbledon looking in 15 years' time.

Managing Director Matthew Payne said: "Having opened our doors 20 years ago and establishing ourselves within the local and business community, we have watched Wimbledon evolve and been a part of the town centre’s development over that time.  We are excited to learn what could be in store over the next twenty years, and it is only appropriate that the next generation of Wimbledonians are at the heart of the project."

Helen Clark-Bell, Love Wimbledon’s BID manager added: "This is a chance for school aged children to give ideas and thoughts on what they would like their town centre to be like in 15 years, whether drones or green spaces we look forward to seeing their innovative ideas."

September 20, 2014