The massive Stratford City development, which will take in the London 2012 Olympic village, will be opened up imminently to architects who have not previously worked on the scheme.
The developer LCR has confirmed that it is keen to bring 'fresh design flair' to the vast residential project, which was masterplanned by Fletcher Priest, Arup Urban Design and West 8.
When Stratford City is complete, it will be one of the largest ever residential-led mixed-use projects seen in recent years in the UK. It will be the size of a new large town.
Yesterday LCR shortlisted three housebuilding and financial consortia for the huge development brief:
Bouygues, leading a consortium including Barratt Homes
Lend Lease, leading a consortium including East Thames Group, First Base and Crosby Homes
Royal Bank of Scotland, leading a consortium including Bellway Homes, Gladedale and Kier.
These three will work within the existing masterplan, but are yet to appoint architects to work with them.
An LCR spokesman said that whoever won the final contract would be encouraged to bring new practices on to the project. 'We definitely want to bring fresh design flair on to the project,' he said.
Keith Priest of Fletcher Priest said he was happy with how things were going on the project. 'This is what we wanted from the masterplan,' he insisted. by Ed Dorrell