Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is on the hunt for an architect to expand its Olympic-sized ice rink in Leyton, north-east London
The winner of the £1.3 million contract will deliver a new ‘twin-pad’ facility to replace the existing 1,000-capacity Lea Valley Ice Centre.
Completed in 1984, the arch-roofed centre on Lea Bridge Road was opened by ice dancers Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean shortly after they won gold at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics.
Home to the Lee Valley Lions ice hockey team, the centre receives 350,000 visitors-a-year and is one of several recreation facilities within the 4,000 hectare and 42 kilometre-long Lee Valley Regional Park.
Other park facilities include FaulknerBrowns’ Lee Valley White Water Centre which was constructed for the 2012 Olympics and the popular Lee Valley Riding Centre.
The project to replace the ageing facility comes shortly after nearby Lea Bridge station was reopened to train services following its closure 42-years ago.
Lea Bridge and Leyton was also designated a mayoral housing zone last year and is expected to receive around 2,500 new homes and a new town centre in the next decade.
According to the contract notice: ‘In advance of this work the authority has been working closely with the London Borough of Waltham Forest to support their work in the regeneration of the wider area.
‘In developing these studies the authority recognises the dynamic role of the area which is regarded as a key gateway to the Lee Valley Regional Park.
‘The council has commissioned a masterplan to manage and effectively place-shape this anticipated growth and the new ice centre will need to be carefully knitted into the opportunities for the wider area.’
A local campaign group has meanwhile raised concerns over the project, arguing the nearby Leyton Marsh green space must be protected from any development.
The winning team will advance the scheme from RIBA stage 0 to 7 with a break after stage 2 for the client to consider development and funding options.
The deadline for applications is 12pm on 29 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Tel: +44 1992717711
Fax: +44 1992719937