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Hawkins\Brown designs and builds the inaugural LGBT+ architecture float for London Pride \

We have had an amazing time designing, building and celebrating the first ever architecture float for this year's London Pride.

Process

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) had organised an open competition with campaign group Architecture LGBT+, seeking designs that represent and celebrate the LGBT+ community within the architectural profession. The team at Hawkins\Brown have worked hard to turn this winning design into a reality. The team were based at a workshop in Walthamstow and with an enthusiastic team from Sir Robert McAlpine, assembled scaffolding and timber frames, painted cladding and installed sound systems. The completed float was then navigated from the workshop to the starting line opposite the RIBA at Portland Place.

Parade

On Parade Day the team attended the Architecture LGBT+ Pride breakfast hosted at the RIBA. It was great to see our float design transformed into a shopfront graphic on the entrance into the forum. We had a great time networking with the LGBT+ architectural community and enjoyed an engaging panel led discussion which focused on our float title ‘Space for All’. The Hawkins\Brown team then assembled on the float and were joined by representatives from the LFA, Architecture LGBT+ and Sir Robert McAlpine. Following the float were over 100 members of the LGBT+ architectural community holding brightly coloured placards based on the float graphics and huge colourful balloons.

The energy from the 30,000 parade marchers and 1,000,000 people in the crowd was an incredible experience and Hawkins\Brown are delighted to have been able to contribute to and experience the event as part of the architectural LGBT+ community.

The team at Hawkins\Brown include associate John Jeffery, architects Jonathan Chan, Sarah Habershon, Matthew Goodfellow, Matthew Ruddy and architectural assistants Fran Lynch, Ayanna Blair-Ford, Claudia Walton, Iulia Cistelecan, Quincy Haynes, Rachel Housley and Thomas Stanley. The team thoroughly enjoyed the day of the parade.

“For some of us this was our first London Pride, for some the best one ever. It has been such a privilege to be able to create something as a celebration of the creativity and diversity of the architectural LGBT+ community and contribute to the much larger movement the parade forms the focus of. This was a day we will remember for ever.”

Project team Hawkins\Brown

Thanks

We would like to thank the London Festival of Architecture and Architecture LGBT+ and judges for organising the competition and supporting us in the delivery of the float. We would like to thank Sir Robert McAlpine who generously sponsored both the cost of building the float as well as a workshop to build it, the vehicle and the fantastic scaffolders and carpenters who helped us make our vision a reality. A special thank you to Andrew Blackie and the team at Price & Myers for all their help in making the float stand up and to our drivers Kevin and his partner Andres (Foster + Partners).

We'd also like to thank the practices and individuals who contributed pattern designs for stickers; Aukett Swanke, Jestico+Whiles, Weston Williamson, BuckleyGrayYeoman, DLA Design, HTA, HKS, tp bennett, Chetwoods, Ellis Williams, Farrells, Mace, Danni Kerr and Stephen Woodgate.

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