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All-star team beats heavyweights to land Old Oak Common jackpot

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A team led by AECOM with Asif Khan, BIG, MaccreanorLavington and WilkinsonEyre has won the contest to masterplan Old Oak Common in north-west London

The consortium, which also includes Weston Williamson + Partners, Bilfinger, GVA, Fluid, PBA, Peter Brett and Expedition, Spacehub and East, saw off six other heavyweight teams to land the lead design role on the 140ha regeneration project.

Global star BIG and emerging talent Asif Khan have already worked alongside each other on last year’s Serpentine Pavilion (see AJ 07.06.16).

Among the bidders to lose out on the job were Allies and Morrison, Grimshaw, Hawkins\Brown, Arup, Farrells with Heatherwick Studio, and Karakusevic Carson with 5th Studio.

The £3 million contract, tendered by Transport for London on behalf of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), asked for a ‘bold’ but ‘deliverable’ redevelopment programme which would ‘establish a new benchmark for successful long-term placemaking’ in the area.

The landmark regeneration project is expected to deliver around 24,000 new homes and 55,000 jobs, and is planned to complete in 20 to 30 years’ time.

Around 70 per cent of the land – currently mostly factories and railway sidings (pictured) – is publicly owned and will be transferred to the OPDC in the coming years.

Old Oak Common Image by Martin Addison

Old Oak Common Image by Martin Addison

PLP Architecture with Arup and West 8 has already drawn up a masterplan for the regeneration zone’s largest private landowner, Cargiant. The 18ha scheme, dubbed Old Oak Park and backed by development partner London & Regional Properties, will deliver 7,000 homes, a cultural quarter, schools and parks.

Old Oak Common’s centrepiece will be a new High Speed 2 and Crossrail interchange station, planned to open in 2026. A design competition for the station and three other key HS2 stops is set to be launched later this year.

Earlier this year, preliminary talks between the Science Museum and Natural History Museum over a potential Old Oak Common outpost also raised hopes of a future design competition. 

The AECOM team will now be asked to draw up a ‘commercially viable and technically deliverable vision’ based on the area’s existing Opportunity Area Planning Framework and draft local plan.

The team will eventually secure outline planning permission for the area and deliver development briefs for key sites, creating a clear context for neighbouring developers and landowners.

The preferred design ‘option for refinement [and] first draft strategies’ are expected to be released in early 2018.

The full shortlist

  • WINNER: AECOM (lead supplier) with team members Asif Khan, BIG, Bilfinger, GVA, Fluid, Maccreanor Lavington, PBA, Weston Williamson, Spacehub, WilkinsonEyre, East, Peter Brett and Expedition
  • Allies and Morrison (lead supplier) with team members Diener & Diener, Weston Williamson, Muf, HHBR, Andersen Hunter Horn, Waterman Group, Steer Davies Gleave, Turner & Townsend, Fluid, Nathaniel Lichfield + Partners, Centre for London, Metaphor
  • Arup (lead supplier) with team members KCAP, Gustafson Porter, S333, PAU, Turner + Townsend, People Friendly Design, London Communications Agency
  • Farrells and Heatherwick Studio (lead suppliers) with team members Exterior Architecture, Arup, Arcadis, Bio Regional, ATK11, Steer Davies Gleave, Turleys, Volterra, GHD Rail Engineering, Colliers, Soundings, London Communications Agency, Flexeye, Siemens
  • Grimshaw (lead supplier) with team members FutureCity, LDA, QUOD, Amec Foster Wheeler, Urban Strategies, Rick Mather Architects, DK-CM, Soundings, Mott MacDonald, RLB, Steer Davies Gleave
  • Hawkins Brown (lead supplier) with team members Kathryn Firth, White, Metropolitan Workshop, Benedetti Architects, Grant Associates, Turley, Donald Insall Assocs, Pell Frischmann, Tyrens, Phil Jones Assocs, Turner + Townsend, Soundings, Social Life, Fourth Street
  • Karakuesvic Carson Architects and 5th Studio (lead suppliers) with team members We Made That, Agence Ter, Alan Baxter, AKT11, Quod, Hoare Lea, Soundings, EC Harris/Arcadis
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