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Studio Egret West front runner for latest Olympic housing plots

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A team led by Studio Egret West (SEW) and including Stirling Prize-winning Alison Brooks Architects (ABA) has been tipped to design 1,500 new homes on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The line-up, which also features Sheppard Robson (who are joint masterplanners with SEW) ShedKM, Piercy & Co, A Studio and landscape designers Fabrik has emerged as the front runner for the East Wick and Sweetwater neighbourhood schemes in east London.

The architects are part of a consortia led by Balfour Beatty, Urban Splash and Places for People which sources confirmed has been named preferred bidder for the high-profile project. An official announcement is not expected until the New Year.

Together East Wick and Sweetwater will deliver around 1,500 new homes – including privately rented and affordable dwellings – on land east of Hawkins\Brown’s £100 million Here East overhaul of the former Olympic media complex and south of Make’s Copper Box Arena respectively.

Three developers – chosen from a six-strong long-list – were shortlisted by the London Legacy Development Corporation for the plots in June.

Assael and Mae contributed to a rival bid by Grainger while Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Maccreanor Lavington and S333 worked for Mace, Argent and Peabody.

Make, PRP, Karakusevic Carson, Muf and Nord were chosen to build the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s first 800-home neighbourhood at Chobham Manor two years ago.

The procurement of a design team for two neighbourhoods follows London mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to accelerate the delivery of Games legacy housing so the park’s 6,800 new homes will be complete by 2023.

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