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Revealed: shortlisted designs in Olympic North Park contest

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has revealed images of the shortlisted schemes in the contest to design the new North Park visitor centre and playground

Among the five finalists whose concept designs have gone on ‘anonymous’ public display around east London are Ushida Findlay Architects, which is already working on the park’s huge Orbit sculpture and up-and-coming outfits erect architecture and David Kohn Architects.

The Legacy Company launched a competition in July this year to design a playground and a visitor centre with a cafe, seating terrace and large indoor space for community use. The victorious scheme will be built on the park in Stratford after the London 2012 Games finishes.

The full shortlist:

  • Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture with HRW, OR Consulting and Stockdale
  • David Kohn Architects with David Buck, Davies White, Alan Baxer & Associates and Jackson Coles
  • erect architecture with Tall Engineers, Max Fordham, Land Use Consultants, Ashley McMormick, Huntley Cartwright, Children’s Play Advisory Service
  • Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, with the Landscape Partnership, Jane Wernick Associates, Skelly & Couch and Turner & Townsend
  • Ushida Findlay Architects with Grant Associates, Arup, Speirs and Major, Davis Langdon and Play England

The winning design will be picked by a panel of judges and announced in December.

A separate competition is being held to design one of London’s newest public spaces that will welcome crowds to the south park. Five concept designs for this competition are expected to be revealed next week.

Public exhibitions are being held to display the shortlisted designs, which were selected from more than 100 international entries into the contest which was organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.

The remit was to create a distinctive area that will bring together a mix of cultural events, beautiful spaces and recreational uses.

Kathryn Firth, Chief of Design at the Olympic Park Legacy Company, said: “These are inspiring designs to match the north park’s stunning river valley and green parkland that the community hub will be set in.

‘Legacy plans for the Park are more advanced than any other previous host Olympic city and this visitor centre and playground will be one of the first attractions added to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.’

To see the full competition board’s here.



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