London Borough of Croydon

Reimagining Croydon's subways

Idea competition

The competition is now closed for submissions. Thank you to all who entered! Our expert panel is now in the process of selecting a short list from all the wonderful ideas in our three categories. Those who have been successful will be contacted, and the short-listed ideas will be presented to the public for comment.

Judging will be split into 3 categories:

  • professional
  • non-professional
  • under 18s

The ideas we've received will be reviewed to see if they are viable. We will then work with the winning and/or shortlisted individuals or groups to see if we can bring these ideas to life.

Prizes will be awarded in each category. Winning entrants will receive a £500 prize, and under 18s will win a £500 prize for a charity of their choice, their school or a community group fund. There will also be £100 runner up prizes. Terms and conditions apply.

Winning submissions will be featured as part of a special exhibition to take place after the contest ends.

Key dates

20 November, 2019 – submissions accepted

10 January, 2020 – submission deadline at 4pm

24 January, 2020 – shortlisted contestants notified

31 January, 2020 – shortlisted contestant’s ideas offered to the public for feedback online

6 February, 2020 – public exhibition of short-listed submissions opens on the hoardings by Fairfield Halls

23 February, 2020 – online public comment period closes at midnight

27 February, 2020 – winner announced

Subway locations

The subways are located at:

  • Minster: near Croydon Minster, Church Street, Croydon CR0 1RN
  • Old Town Roundabout: near Croydon Fire Station, 90 Old Town, Croydon CR0 1AR
  • Park Lane Gyratory: near Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, London CR9 1DG
  • Addiscombe Road: near No. 1 Croydon, 12–16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 6SD
  • Lansdowne Road: near Jurys Inn Croydon, Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 9XY
  • Segas House: near Nestlé Tower, 61 Park Lane, Croydon CR0 1YL



Croydon town centre has a number of pedestrian subways, a legacy of the radical redevelopment of Croydon in the 1960s that focused on vehicle travel. New crossings are now replacing these unfriendly spaces, making them redundant. This provides the opportunity to find new ways to put them to better use.

This movement is taking place all over London. For example, in Clapham an old public lavatory has been renovated into a wine bar, and a tunnel in Waterloo has been transformed into a theatre.

Once received, ideas will be reviewed to see if they are viable.

The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on shortlisted ideas, which will be chosen by a panel of experts. The public feedback will help inform the judging panel, who will ultimately choose the winner.

We will then work with the winning and /or shortlisted individuals or groups to see if we can bring these ideas to life.


For competition enquiries contact the Growth Zone team at


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