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Peter Bishop to chair Old Oak design review panel

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Former London Development Agency chief executive Peter Bishop has been named chair of the design review panel for the 650ha Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration

The urban planner – currently a director of Allies and Morrison and professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture – will oversee a panel of 21 leading experts who have been chosen to scrutinise emerging schemes for the enormous north-west London development.

The panel includes Biba Dow of Dow Jones Architects, Graeme Sutherland of Adams & Sutherland, Hanif Kara from AKT II, AHMM’s Paul Monaghan, Robin Nicholson of Cullinan Studio, and Vincent Lacovara from the London Borough of Croydon.

Managed by Frame Projects and known as the Place Review Group, the team will provide independent advice to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), which plans to deliver 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs in the area over the coming decades.

Members will consult on planning applications, masterplans and other projects within Old Oak and Park Royal and support OPDC in achieving high-quality, innovative and sustainable placemaking, while also providing impartial advice to the OPDC planning committee and OPDC board.

OPDC chair Liz Peace said: ‘[The corporation] has set ambitious design standards for development in its area in our draft local plan, and the Place Review Group provides independent expert advice to support OPDC in achieving these aims.

‘We are delighted that Frame have come on board and refreshed the panel, as this group of experts will advise on all aspects of design quality, and ensure new development strengthens and enhances the quality of new and existing places across Old Oak and Park Royal.’

Bishop commented: ‘Old Oak Common will be the most important new development opportunity in London since the Olympics at Stratford. Situated on the interchange between Crossrail and High Speed 2, with proximity to central London and Heathrow, its potential is enormous. But this area has huge design challenges.

This area has huge design challenges

‘The role of the panel will be to assist the OPDC to design an exemplary new piece of London, a place that builds on its history and its existing communities to be a location of choice for people to work, live and visit. Old Oak Common should aspire to be the next London paradigm that sets the standards for the future.’

Old Oak

Old Oak

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Old Oak

The announcement comes a year after a team led by AECOM with Asif Khan, BIG, MaccreanorLavington and WilkinsonEyre won the contest to masterplan Old Oak Common.

The consortium, which also includes Weston Williamson, 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 landmark regeneration project.

The Old Oak and Park Royal redevelopment is expected to deliver around 25,500 new homes and 65,000 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 – 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 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. The OPDC place review group is a separate body to the Old Oak Park internal review panel set up early last year for London & Regional and Cargiant and headed by Paul Finch.

Old Oak Common’s centrepiece will be a new High Speed 2 and Crossrail interchange station, planned to open in 2026. WilkinsonEyre and WSP won a contest for the new station in February.

The Place Review Group

  • Peter Bishop (chair), UCL/Allies and Morrison
  • Adam Brown, Landolt + Brown
  • Adriana Marques, Peabody
  • Andrew Thornhill, Churchman Landscape Architects
  • Anthony Hollingsworth, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Beth Kay, London Borough of Haringey
  • Biba Dow, Dow Jones Architects
  • David Bonnett, David Bonnett Associates
  • David Lyndon, Lyndon Goode Architects
  • Gillian Horn, Penoyre & Prasad
  • Graeme Sutherland, Adams & Sutherland
  • Hanif Kara, AKT II
  • Karen Scurlock, Karakusevic Carson Architects
  • Linda Thiel, White Arkitekter
  • Paul Monaghan, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Philip Marsh, dRMM
  • Richard de Cani, Arup
  • Robin Nicholson, Cullinan Studio
  • Roger Hawkins, Hawkins\Brown
  • Sowmya Parthasarathy, Arup
  • Vincent Lacovara, London Borough of Croydon
  • Will Durden, Momentum Transport Consultancy

Meanwhile, We Made That has been appointed to lead a design team which is set to produce a strategic masterplan for a new town centre at west London’s Park Royal industrial estate.

Health and care expertise will be provided by Norweigan practice Nordic – Office of Architecture, working with London and Oslo firm Haptic Architects. Alan Baxter Associates will provide transport input.

The brief for the team from client Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation will be to create a new neighbourhood centre including 650 homes and 3,000 of ‘town centre floorspace’.

Oliver Goodhall, partner at We Made That said the project was an ‘opportunity to bring to fruition some of the crucial early moves in a bold and ambitious project, whilst also shaping its long-term trajectory for a new designated neighbourhood centre within a unique industrial context.’

The masterplan will address issues such as congestion, integration with Central Middlesex Hospital, the creation of at least 1,400 new jobs and public realm improvements.

Park Royal is London’s largest industrial estate, covering 450ha, and is home to 2,000 businesses employing more than 40,000 people.

The OPDC draft Local Plan formally designates the area around Park Royal Road and Coronation Road as a New Neighbourhood Centre.

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Park Royal

Park Royal

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