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Top ten compete for 400ha London brownfield site

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Ten top architects are to compete for a 400ha London brownfield site, described as western Europe's largest development area.

The site, largely consisting of marshes, empty factories and streams, stretches south from Stratford along the Lee Valley to the Thameside area. Parts of it may be turned into a mixed-use development. The international competition, run by Newham council, has drawn entries from, among others, Lord Rogers, Enric Miralles, Will Alsop, Terry Farrell and Bob Allies.

The designers, who also include Penny Richards from Pringle Richards Sharratt, Mark Brearley from East Architects, Mike Lowe from Arup Associates, Pankaj Patel from Patel Taylor Architects, and David Mackay from mbm Architects, must create a thriving place to live and work for the twenty-first century, said Newham.

Initial proposals will be submitted later this month, and four successful entries will be chosen on 1 December. The judges include the lse's director of cities, architecture and engineering, Ricky Burdett, Glasgow 1999 director Deyan Sudjic and Richard MacCormac.

The winning architect, announced next April, will receive £30,000 from the council. This will tie in with the latest stage of the Architecture Foundation's roadshow in the area.

The council aims to use the winning entry to attract investment to the area. A spokesman said: 'The council does not own all the land but we will use the ideas to draw in potential investors and hopefully negotiate building deals.'

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