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One year to go: Olympic projects still up for grabs

A wealth of architecture work is still up for grabs on the Olympic Park, including housing and office scheme, which will transform the east London site post-games

With just a year to go until the London 2012 Olympics kick off, the AJ has uncovered a number of huge projects still in pre-planning. Among these is the proposed International Quarter, a joint venture between Lend Lease and London and Continental Railways which will create 370,000m² on land around the Westfield shopping centre.

Referred to as ‘London’s best kept secret’ by Lend Lease project manager Matt Beasley, the project is planned to start on site in 2013 and could lead to a number of design contests over the 15-year build programme.

‘We will look to have a number of architectural competitions, ranging from some of the smaller buildings on the site to some of the landmarks,’ said Beasley. ‘The idea will be to open it up to the broader architectural community beyond those we would normally look at.’

Lend Lease has already drawn up a longlist of 18 practices as part of a bid to find six architects to deliver initial ‘workplace concepts’ for potential tenants. A zonal planning application by Arup Associates for part of the site is expected to be submitted next week, with detailed design work planned to follow in the coming months.

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Meanwhile, current site freeholder the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) is looking to develop 8,000 homes over the next 25 years. In October the company will begin the search for developer and architect teams for the first of five regeneration phases, of which area one is an 800-home neighbourhood in the north of the park.

Next month the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) will submit a planning application for a number of temporary spectator facilities, such as food and drink kiosks. There will also be up to eight sponsors’ showcase pavilions on the site ranging in size from 200m² to 400m², most of which are in early design stages and, according to LOCOG director of venues and infrastructure James Bulley, could still need architects.

The 2012 Olympic Park: regeneration opportunities

The 2012 Olympic Park: regeneration opportunities

The 2012 Olympic Park: regeneration opportunities

The 2012 Olympic Park: regeneration opportunities

Olympics projects: on target for 2012

 

1. Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium, London, by Populous

The Olympic Stadium, London, by Populous

Architect: Populous

Status: Completed March 2011

2. Aquatics Centre

The Aquatics Centre, London, by Zaha Hadid

The Aquatics Centre, London, by Zaha Hadid

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects

Status: Completing late July 2011

3. VeloPark

The Velodrome, London, by Hopkins

The Velodrome, London, by Hopkins

Architect: Hopkins Architects

Status: Velodrome completed

February 2011 (BMX Track in August)

4. Eton Manor

Under construction: Stanton Williams' Eaton Manor venue for the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

Under construction: Stanton Williams’ Eaton Manor venue for the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

Architect: Stanton Williams

Status: Completing spring 2012

5. Handball Arena

Make's Handball Arena

Make’s Handball Arena

Architect: Make

Status: Completed May 2011

6. Basketball Arena

The Basketball Arena by Sinclair Knight Merz, Wilkinson Eyre and KSS Design

Source: Anthony Palmer

The Basketball Arena by Sinclair Knight Merz, Wilkinson Eyre and KSS Design

Architect: Sinclair Knight Merz,

Wilkinson Eyre and KSS Design

Status: Completed June 2011

7. Water Polo Arena

Under construction: David Morley Architects' Water Polo Arena for the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

Under construction: David Morley Architects’ Water Polo Arena for the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London

Architect: David Morley Architects

Status: Completing spring 2012

8. Hockey Centre

The Hockey Arena, designed by Team Populous for LOCOG

The Hockey Arena, designed by Team Populous for LOCOG

Architect: Populous

Status: Completing spring 2012

9. Athletes’ Village

Niall Mclaughlin and Glenn Howell's completed project for the Athletes Village in Stratford, east London

Niall Mclaughlin and Glenn Howell’s completed project for the Athletes Village in Stratford, east London

Architects: AHMM, CF Møller, Denton

Corker Marshall, dRMM, DSDHA,

Glenn Howells, Ian Simpson, Lifschutz

Davidson Sandilands, Make, Niall

McLaughlin, Panter Hudspith, Patel

Taylor and Piercy Conner

Status: Completing 2011

10. Chobham Academy

Chobham Academy by AHMM

Chobham Academy by AHMM

Architect: AHMM

Status: Completing summer 2011

11. Polyclinic

The Olympic Park polyclinic by Penoyre and Prasad

Source: ODA

The Olympic Park polyclinic by Penoyre and Prasad

Architect: Penoyre & Prasad

Status: Completing 2011

12. International Broadcast Centre

The International Broadcast Centre by RPS Burks Green

The International Broadcast Centre by RPS Burks Green

Architect: RPS Burks Green

Status: Completed July 2011

13. Energy centre

The energy centre by John McAslan + Partners

Source: ODA

The energy centre by John McAslan + Partners

Architect: John McAslan + Partners

Status: Completing 2012

14. Primary substation

The primary substation by NORD

The primary substation by NORD

Architect: NORD

Status: Completed June 2009

15. Pumping station

Pumping station by John Lyall Architects

Pumping station by John Lyall Architects

Architect: John Lyall Architects

Status: Completed January 2010

16. Black water treatment plant

Black water treatment plant by John McAslan + Partners

Black water treatment plant by John Lyall Architects

Architect: John Lyall Architects

Status: On site

17. Olympic kiosks

The Stratford Olympic kiosks by Studio Octopi

The Stratford Olympic kiosks by Studio Octopi

Architect: Studio Octopi

Status: Start on site summer 2011

 

 

 

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