Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP) has beaten a raft of international practices to make it onto the five-strong shortlist for a £400 million regeneration project in Australia.
Pritzker Prize-winning Thom Mayne has come out in praise of RRP's plans since the first round results of the hotly contested Sydney competition were announced late last week.
Mayne, who also made the shortlist for the 22ha East Darling Harbour project, told the AJ: 'I'm a friend of Richard and it's important to get a group with someone of his calibre on the shortlist. What they've done looks completely different to everyone else's entry.'
The RRP proposals include a new beach, canal system and island park arranged through three distinct precincts.
Rogers has teamed up with the London office of Martha Schwartz Partners along with Australian firms Lippmann Associates and Lend Lease Development to design the overhaul of the waterside site, in the city's central business district.
The practice was picked from 137 entries to go forward to the competition's second stage, beating the likes of Lab Architecture, Harry Seidler & Associates, HOK International and SOM.
The competition jury was impressed by the Rogers consortium's 'clarity of approach to the site- and its unique exploration of [its] diverse potential and the possibility of creating multiple invigorating and identifiable places for workers, residents and visitors.'
The other shortlisted consortia are Peddle Thorp Walker (Australia); Project Architecture (Australia) with Hargreaves Associates (US) and Thom Mayne (Morphosis) (US); Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects (Australia) with Paul Berkemeier Architects (Australia) and Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture (Australia); and Lend Lease Design Group (Australia).by Rob Sharp