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RSHP and Grimshaw shortlisted for £49m Islington civic complex

Tim Ronalds Architects’ Bunhill Energy Centre
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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Grimshaw are among five finalists in the RIBA-run contest for a £49 million mixed-use development in Islington, north London

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 – complete the shortlist.

The full shortlist

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

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’ Bunhill Energy Centre (pictured) may also be relocated.

Islington Council’s executive member for housing and development James Murray said: ‘This is an exciting and ambitious project to build new council homes for local people and a new civic building that will bring together leisure, health, childcare, and our energy centre under one roof.’

He continued: ‘It’s important to us to make sure our new council homes and public buildings are well-designed. We look forward to seeing designs from the shortlisted teams so we can consult the public on their views.’

Commenting on the potential relocation of Tim Ronalds’ building, a spokesman for Islington Council said in September: ‘It has been a long term aspiration of Islington Council to redevelop the St Luke’s Area site, including the current site of the Bunhill Energy Centre, in a more efficient way, with modern sports facilities and new council homes.

‘So the council designed the Bunhill Energy Centre as a modular, flexible building that can be relocated as part of the overall site redevelopment. This move has always been part of the plan and will help us to create the optimum layout for the development.’

St Luke's, Islington

St Luke’s, Islington

Tim Ronalds Architects’ Bunhill Energy Centre

The five shortlisted teams will each receive an honorarium of £7,500 to develop design concepts for the scheme which will feature in a public exhibition.

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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