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Heavyweights vie for Old Oak Common masterplan

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Allies & Morrison, Grimshaw and Hawkins\Brown are among the leaders of seven heavyweight teams competing to masterplan Old Oak Common in north-west London

Aecom with BIG, Arup, Farrells with Heatherwick Studio, and Karakuesvic Carson Architects with 5th Studio complete the shortlist of bidders for the prominent 140 hectare regeneration zone.

Other firms supporting the rival teams include Maccreanor Lavington, Weston Williamson + Partners, Wilkinson Eyre, KCAP, S333, DK-CM, Rick Mather Architects and Metropolitan Workshop.

Tendered by Transport for London on behalf of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), the £3 million contract to draw up the ‘bold and deliverable’ programme will be awarded early next year.

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

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.

PLP Architecture with Arup and West 8 has already drawn up a masterplan for the regeneration zone’s largest private landowner, Cargiant. The 18 hectare 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 which is 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.

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 earlier this year. 

The winning Old Oak Common masterplanner will 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 also secure outline planning permission for the area and deliver development briefs for key sites, creating a clear context for neighbouring developers and landowners. An additional masterplan to ‘protect and intensify’ the neighbouring Park Royal industrial estate may also be delivered by the winning team.

The full shortlist

  • Aecom (lead supplier) with team members - Asif Khan, BIG, Bilfinger, GVA, Fluid, Maccreanor Lavington, PBA, Weston Williamson, Spacehub, Wilkinson Eyre, East
  • Allies & 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, Metephor
  • Arup (lead supplier) with team members - KCAP, Gustafson Porter, S333, PAU, Turner + Townsend, People Friendly Design, London Communications Agency
  • Farrells & Heatherwick Studio (lead supplier) 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 & 5th Studio (lead supplier) with team members - We Made That, Agence Ter, Alan Baxter, AKT11, Quod, Hoare Lea, Soundings, EC Harris/Arcadis
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