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Architecture's finest lined up for Stratford City

Developers Chelsfield and Stanhope have lined up a glittering list of practices to work on designs for their vast £3 billion Stratford City scheme in east London.

Richard Rogers Partnership, Foster and Partners, Foreign Office Architects and MacCormac Jamieson Prichard will all design 'architectural vignettes' for sites on the project, along with Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Eva Jiricna Architects, Ian Ritchie Architects and double Stirling Prize-winner Wilkinson Eyre.

Others contributing include Kohn Pedersen Fox's London office, Patel Taylor Architects, Penoyre & Prasad Architects, and Whitby Bird & Partners.

The masterplan by Arup Associates and Fletcher Priest Architects - 'the largest ever planning application received by a council within the M25' - aims to create 4,500 new homes for 11,000 residents, 500,000m 2ofcommercial office space and 160,000m 2of shopping and retail units.

Chelsfield's Julian Hart, a member of the project team, said that the developers were keen to get as many high-profile practices involved early in the scheme's development 'because there are just so many buildings that need to be built'.

London Borough of Newham mayor Robin Wales welcomed the project and the scheme's design strategy, saying it should help local urban renaissance: 'We have long been committed to regenerating the East End. London is truly moving east.'

The project, developed in conjunction with Newham, has the support of local planners. Public consultation on the plans will begin on Saturday.

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