Mitchell Taylor frontrunner for Rogers' Leadenhall site
Up-and-coming practice the Mitchell Taylor Workshop has emerged as the favourite to design a temporary landscape on the site of the stalled Cheesegrater skyscraper
However it is understood developer British Land has yet to make a final decision on the victorious proposals to re-use the plot of Richard Rogers’ mothballed 47-storey Leadenhall scheme which was put on ice last summer (2008). The AJ has also learned that Carmody Groarke and AY Architects have made it down to a final three.
Mitchell Taylor Workshop, which won this year’s AJ Small Projects Award, is believed to be the judges’ favourite and the likliest to beat a 12 strong-longlist of emerging firms.
Rogers’ Leadenhall site turned over to emerging practices (30.10.09)
Glowacka Rennie, EXYZT and Platform 5 Architects have been named on a 13-strong long list of emerging practices asked to look at how to re-use the site of Richard Rogers’ stalled Leadenhall scheme
The finalists, which the AJ can exclusively reveal in full below, have drawn up plans for a temporary landscape on the plot of British Lands’ mothballed tower in the City of London known as the ‘cheese grater’ (pictured).
The scheme has been pushed by the City of London’s planning authority which wants to open up the abandoned site, which may be left dormant for up to five years, to the public.
British Land decided to hold fire on the 47-storey block designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners last summer (2008) as the credit crunch kicked in.
The full list of finalists
Duggan Morris Architects
Feix and Merlin
Gianni Botsford Architects
Graeme Massie Architects
Mitchell Taylor Workshop (proposals pictured right)
Platform 5 Architects