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Erect and Make win post-Olympic parks contests

The winners of two competitions to design new parks on the Olympic site after the 2012 Games have been revealed by the Olympic Park Legacy Company

Make Architects - part of a team led by New York-based James Corner Field Operations with Arup and Piet Oudolf - has landed the contest to mastermind the key South Park landscape masterplan around the 114m-tall ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

The victorious scheme for the ‘pivotal’ area on the East London site between the aquatics centre and the Olympic stadium features a tree-lined promenade ‘connecting flexible spaces for events and food stalls’ and has been described as having a ‘South Bank feel’.

The collaboration saw off bids by Niall McLaughlin and Heneghan Peng Architects in the high-profile competition organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants (see full shortlist here).

Meanwhile the judges chose proposals by erect architecture with Tall Engineers and Max Fordham for its post-Games North Park visitor centre and playground. The team was selected ahead of bids by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture, David Kohn Architects, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Ushida Findlay Architects.

Erect’s winning design concept features a ‘community hub building’ integrated into the surrounding parkland and includes a playground ‘themed on its surroundings with the chance to climb trees, build dens and have everyday adventures in nature’.

The winners were chosen from more than 100 entries from across Europe, Asia and North America. They will now work with the Legacy Company to develop more detailed plans for each area.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company said: ‘We were impressed by the creativity of all the design concepts but James Corner Field Operations and erect architecture really captured the character of the Park as a compelling destination.

‘These spaces will be one of the first new public spaces and facilities added to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is another example of how legacy plans for the Park are more advanced than any other previous host Olympic city.’

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