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Pollard Thomas Edwards wins £49m Islington contest

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Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) has won a competition for a new £49 million mixed-use development featuring a leisure centre in Islington, north London

The contest, organised by the RIBA’s competitions unit, sought ‘exemplary’ ideas to redevelop a large site containing Finsbury Leisure Centre in the St Luke’s area of Islington.

Shortlisted teams included Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Henley Halebrown Rorrison with Sergison Bates and Tim Ronalds – who completed an energy centre on the site three years ago.

PTE senior partner Teresa Borsuk commented: ‘It’s a real honour to have won this competition.

‘We are really delighted and are very much looking forward to working with the council and local community to deliver what will be a special combination of leisure, health, childcare facilities and new homes for Islington, as well as a civic legacy for Finsbury. We pass the site daily with new excitement.’

Diarmaid Ward, an Islington councillor and executive member for housing and development, said: ‘Congratulations to Pollard Thomas Edwards on their competition victory.

‘We look forward to working with them and the local community to create new high-quality affordable homes and improved community facilities for Finsbury residents including a new leisure centre, GP practice, and nursery.

‘Like the rest of London, Islington faces a housing crisis, with a huge shortage of affordable housing. Projects such as this are another opportunity to build new council homes and help meet the housing needs of local residents.’

The project will replace the 1960s complex with a new civic complex featuring a leisure centre, enlarged energy centre, nursery, health centre, sports pitches and up to 124 homes.

Neighbouring buildings – including the East-West Nursery and four football pitches – are expected to be demolished to make way for the scheme. Tim Ronalds Architects’ modular Bunhill Energy Centre may also be relocated.

PTE will develop plans up to RIBA Stage 3 and prepare a full planning application for the site. The design team may also supervise the build-out of the project up to RIBA Stage 6.

Anonymised proposals by all five shortlisted teams featured in a public exhibition at nearby Finsbury Library in May.

The full shortlist

  • Grimshaw
  • Hawkins\Brown
  • Henley Halebrown Rorrison with Tim Ronalds Architects and Sergison Bates Architects
  • Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners





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