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Architects sought for post-2012 Park framework

The Olympic Park Legacy Company is hunting for up to a dozen architects to help with the long-term, housing-led transformation of Stratford after the 2012 games

The organisation charged with overseeing the 25-year redevelopment of the 312-hectare Olympic Park told the AJ it will begin the search to fill its wide-ranging design services framework panel later this year.

Working for the OPLC’s chief of design Kathryn Firth, the panel will advise on proposals put forward by developers for the park’s five new residential neighbourhoods. It could also help co-ordinate interim uses for the enormous development plots across the site, and may even be called on for design commissions.

The news came as the OPLC submitted an outline planning application for its 64-hectare Legacy Communities Scheme masterplan aimed at creating 6,800 new homes over 20 years. 

The proposals (pictured), which include 40 per cent family housing, were designed by Allies and Morrison, Witherford Watson Mann, Maccreanor Lavington and Vogt Landscape Architects. The legacy company will retain the freehold of development plots as part of a bid to replicate a ‘great estates’ model of land management.

OPLC director of real estate Duncan Innes said: ‘Part of our developer selection process will be the design team and standards.’

A planning decision is expected by summer 2012.

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