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RIBA opens £49m Islington civic complex contest

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The RIBA has launched a contest for a £49 million mixed-use development which could see Tim Ronalds Architects’ 2012 Bunhill Energy Centre relocated

The contest seeks ‘exemplary’ ideas to redevelop a large site containing Finsbury Leisure Centre in the St Luke’s area of south Islington, London.

The project will replace the 1960s structure with a new civic complex featuring a leisure centre, enlarged energy centre, nursery, health centre, sports pitches and up to 124 homes.

Neighbouring buildings – including the East-West Nursery and four football pitches – are expected to be demolished to make way for the scheme and Tim Ronalds Architects’ Bunhill Energy Centre (pictured) may also be relocated.

Announcing the contest, Islington Council’s executive member for housing and development James Murray said:  ‘We want the new buildings to be high quality so they can serve the local community in St Luke’s in the 21st century.

‘Through the design competition we will also make sure that local people and people who use our services are involved at the earliest possible stage of the project.’

Commenting on the relocation of Tim Ronalds’ building – which features in this weekend’s Open House festival – a spokesman for Islington Council said: ‘It has been a long term aspiration of Islington Council to redevelop the St Luke’s Area site, including the current site of the Bunhill Energy Centre, in a more efficient way, with modern sports facilities and new council homes.

‘So the council designed the Bunhill Energy Centre as a modular, flexible building that can be relocated as part of the overall site redevelopment. This move has always been part of the plan and will help us to create the optimum layout for the development.’

Five shortlisted teams will receive an honorarium of £7,500 to develop design concepts for the scheme which will feature in a public exhibition.

The winning architect-led multi-disciplinary team will develop plans up to RIBA Stage 3 and prepare a full planning application for the site.

The design team may also supervise the build out of the project up to RIBA Stage 6.

Landscape architecture, civil and structural engineering and mechanical and electrical engineering services will also be required.

The deadline for submissions is 2pm on 19 October.  

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Denise Heward-Mills

Third Floor
7 Newington Barrow Way
Greater London
N7 7EP

Email: Denise.Heward-Mills@islington.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7527 8242




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