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Seven up for East End high rises

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Seven design teams have been shortlisted in an anonymous international competition to design two tower blocks as part of a major regeneration scheme in east London.

Architects vying to design the two towers on the Brooks Road Estate in Plaistow are: Glas Architects; DAAM Architects; FAT with Adams Kara Taylor, BDSP, Kinnear Landscape Architects and the Simon Fenton Partnership; a Parisian team of Petra Marguc with Veronique Helmer; a Berlin threesome, Ole Canenbley, Clemens Schollhorn and Jana Zastrow; Ash Sakula Architects; and Ana Mercedes Hopkins of Thiiink Design in Kingston.

The RIBA competition was run for the London Borough of Newham. Two winners will be chosen in December for the two towers.A third winner, for the refurbishment of the estate's low-rise blocks, will also be named and a total of £42,000 in prize money awarded.

Kamal Faizi, director for regeneration and sustainability at Newham, said: 'The challenge is to find the right balance between innovation and sustainability.'

The shortlist for the low-rise designs is: Bell Phillips Architects; Ash Sakula Architect; Maria Kramer & Henrik Rothe, Leit-Werk; Diamond Architects/Public Works; Piercy Conner Architects; and Flowspace with Pool Architecture & Urbanism in Amsterdam and Arup, London.

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