Paul Finch is to chair a group overseeing the design of the mammoth regeneration of Old Oak Park, west London
Finch – a former chair of Cabe – will lead a five-strong masterplan design review panel for the scheme.
Vehicle dealership Cargiant wants to transform the 18ha site into a mixed-use development including 7,000 homes, a cultural quarter, schools and parks.
The Old Oak Park masterplan team is led by PLP Architecture with support from infrastructure designers Arup and Dutch landscape architects West 8.
Finch – who chaired the Cabe design review panel for the 2012 Olympics – will be joined on the Old Oak Park committee by Stirling Prize-winning architect Alison Brooks; urban strategist John Worthington; museum development specialist Stephen Greenberg; and regeneration economist Joanna Rowelle.
PLP president Lee Polisano said: ’As part of our approach to the masterplanning of Old Oak Park, we worked with our client to establish an independent internal design review panel.
’The project represents a once-in-generation opportunity to create a new community in London.
’The panel is chaired by Paul Finch and our regular meetings and debates have already played an invaluable role in informing the design.
’Naturally this has been in addition to our working closely with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation’s dedicated design review body, Design Council Cabe.’