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Mitchell Taylor frontrunner for Rogers' Leadenhall site


Up-and-coming practice the Mitchell Taylor Workshop has emerged as the favourite to design a temporary landscape on the site of the stalled Cheesegrater skyscraper

However it is understood developer British Land has yet to make a final decision on the victorious proposals to re-use the plot of Richard Rogers’ mothballed 47-storey Leadenhall scheme which was put on ice last summer (2008). The AJ has also learned that Carmody Groarke and AY Architects have made it down to a final three. 

Mitchell Taylor Workshop, which won this year’s AJ Small Projects Award, is believed to be the judges’ favourite and the likliest to beat a 12 strong-longlist of emerging firms.

Rogers’ Leadenhall site turned over to emerging practices (30.10.09)

Glowacka Rennie, EXYZT and Platform 5 Architects have been named on a 13-strong long list of emerging practices asked to look at how to re-use the site of Richard Rogers’ stalled Leadenhall scheme

The finalists, which the AJ can exclusively reveal in full below, have drawn up plans for a temporary landscape on the plot of British Lands’ mothballed tower in the City of London  known as the ‘cheese grater’ (pictured).

The scheme has been pushed by the City of London’s planning authority which wants to open up the abandoned site, which may be left dormant for up to five years, to the public.

British Land decided to hold fire on the 47-storey block designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners last summer (2008) as the credit crunch kicked in.

The full list of finalists

Asif Khan
AY Architects
Carmody Groarke
Duggan Morris Architects
Feix and Merlin
Gianni Botsford Architects
Glowacka Rennie
Graeme Massie Architects
Hakes Associates
Mitchell Taylor Workshop (proposals pictured right)
Platform 5 Architects
Studio Weave


Readers' comments (6)

  • Haven't Carmody Groarke 'emerged' now?

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  • How refreshing, let's hope we see more initiatives like this.

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  • It would be interesting to know how they convince the client they could do it. Such projects needs abundant experience in space planning and technology, whereas the emerging practices more concentrate on surface tricks

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  • Moo and Oink?

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  • Emerging architects on the contrary have much more to give to thir clients than old grumpy and clearly greedy practices.
    As long as you have a good team of engineers, I would not worry too much about the technicalities.
    I'm all for it!
    David Hingamp.

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  • nice to see some support for the newer born architects? i think any work regardless how 'stupid', 'inept' the idea should be praised i for one would have loved the chance to even get in a practice to design something as 'inept, stupid' as this? (knob!)

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