The cream of British urban design talent is working on a mammoth regeneration project stretching from Stratford in East London down to Thameside opposite the Millennium Dome.
The Richard Rogers Partnership, Terry Farrell and Partners, Alsop and Stormer, Patel Taylor, Allies + Morrison, Llewelyn Davies, Ove Arup, Pringle Richards Sharratt and East Architects have been invited to compete to masterplan 485 hectares of land in the London borough of Newham. Spaniard Enric Miralles has also been invited to compete.
Each practice has been given £1000 and sent a detailed brief about the job before site visits next week. A shortlist of four will be announced on 31 November. The huge site will be split into four development 'nodes' and the shortlisted teams will be paid a further £15,000 and asked to concentrate on one each as well as on a general strategy for the whole area. The winner, to be presented with a further £15,000, will be announced next April to coincide with the Architecture Foundation's roadshow focusing on transport infrastructure and related development areas.
Harmesh Jassar of Newham's regeneration partnerships division said: 'We're not doing this just to get arty farty ideas. There are lots of things to be done and we've spent a lot of time and effort on this project. We've spent upwards of £100,000 already and we're not going to waste that.' Jassar added that the work resulting from the competition will feed into the review of the borough's udp.