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Major Olympic legacy design competitions launched

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has launched two design competitions worth £17 million in total

The first is for a £12 million ‘major public space’ between Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit (pictured), and the second for a £5 million ‘hub’ playground and a visitor centre close to the Velodrome.

The competition is open to architects, landscape architects, engineers and designers. Teams have five weeks to prepare expressions of interest to create the two distinctive areas.

The £12 million ‘major public space’ is pitched as a Southbank-style area which will feature a visitor centre, outdoor events space, water feature and skate park. The area between the Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium is known as the south park.

The £5 million ‘hub’ will be located in the Olympic Park’s north park district close to the Velodrome and will include ‘London’s best playground’, according to competition organisers, alongside a visitor centre, café, terrace and indoor space for schools.  

Olympic Park Legacy Company chief executive Andrew Altman said:  ‘The south park will be London’s newest and most exciting public space, welcoming the world to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

‘With millions of people expected to visit the Park each year, this is a unique opportunity for design teams to create exceptional places that match the stunning mix of iconic venues and parkland that surround them.’

Following a PQQ, a shortlist of entrants will be asked to produce a concept design in the autumn. The shortlisted designs will go on public display prior to examination by an expert panel. A winner is expected to be chosen by the end of the year.

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