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LFA and EC BID installation ‘Urban Playground’ found in Fen Court, EC3M


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London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has partnered with EC BID on a new installation at Fen Court, in place until 31 August 2023.

‘Urban Playground’ by McCloy + Muchemwa is a non-traditional play area bringing an element of unexpected fun into Fen Court. Inspired by wooden children’s toys, which contain multiple elements that slot together, the design for ‘Urban Playground’ starts with a block from which  various shapes are ‘carved’ from. The pieces that create the block are each a unique shape and create the opportunity for seating, play or wonder in the heart of the City.

The urban playground forms a ‘trail of breadcrumbs’ to lead visitors to the City on a journey, encountering intriguing sculptural elements. The installation is part of EC BID’s campaign to draw families and young people to the Square Mile to better experience the buzzing leisure offer in the area.

By looking at design in the City of London from an unusual perspective – that of a child’s – designers McCloy + Muchemwa saw the opportunity for bringing in a more playful or even contemplative atmosphere to the spaces in the Eastern Cluster which can engage families, visitors and city-workers alike.

This is one of four installations commissioned in partnership with the City of London BIDs.

Visit to see, interact and relax on this new installation and be sure to tag us and #LFA2023 in any photographs you take!

More info can be found here.


About EC BID

EC BID is a business improvement district working to promote and enhance a unique part of the City of London known as the Eastern City. The area is a globally recognised economic district complemented by a rich historic and cultural heritage – it’s a place 2000 years in the making, where London originated and over the years has continually evolved to become a prestigious commercial location.

As the Eastern City Cluster continues to evolve, there is an increased demand to respond to its continued growth, to ensure that this important part of the City remains an exemplar amongst rising London districts. The EC BID has emerged with a strong ambition to support this growth through driving forward opportunities to develop this part of the City into an agile, dynamic and vibrant destination. Through collaborative working with our partners at the City Corporation, TfL, the GLA and our leading and innovative business community we work to deliver a range of programmes and transformative interventions.

Images: (© Luke O’Donovan)

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