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Rival visions in RIBA’s £49m Islington contest revealed

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The RIBA has revealed the five competing proposals in its competition for a new £49 million leisure centre in Islington, north London

Exhibited to the public anonymously this week, the schemes have been drawn up by a shortlist which includes Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), Grimshaw and Hawkins\Brown.

Pollard Thomas Edwards, and Henley Halebrown Rorrison with Sergison Bates and Tim Ronalds – who completed an energy centre on the site three years ago – are also competing.

The full shortlist

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

All five designs will feature in a public exhibition at Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street until 23 May.

Islington Council executive member for health and wellbeing Janet Burgess commented: ’This is an exciting and ambitious project to build much-needed new council homes and a new leisure centre for local people.

‘We’d like local residents to see the initial design ideas and give us their views. We welcome all comments, and there will be other chances for residents to help influence the final design at a later stage.’

The contest sought ‘exemplary’ ideas to redevelop a large site containing Finsbury Leisure Centre in the St Luke’s area of south Islington, London.

The project will replace the 1960s structure 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 and Tim Ronalds Architects’ modular Bunhill Energy Centre may also be relocated.

The winning architect-led multi-disciplinary team 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.





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