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Young guns make it on to LDA framework panel

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A raft of up-and-coming practices, including Adams & Sutherland, Karakusevic Carson, Mae and Acme Space, have been named on the London Development Agency’s 26-strong Urban Design Framework Panel.
Selected from a long list of 42 through a contest organised by Design for London, the panel also boasts big hitters such as Allies and Morrison, Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield, Stanton Williams and Caruso St John.

The lucky panellists will effectively become ‘pre-vetted’ – meaning they will not have to go through the complicated OJEU tender procedure every time new London Development Agency projects come up.

The other panel members are: Alison Brooks Architects, Cottrell and Vermeulen, de Rijke Marsh Morgan, East, EDAW, Hawkins\Brown, John Lyall, Kinnear Landscape Architecture, Landolt and Brown, Landscape Projects, Latz + Partner, Maccreanor Lavington, Marks Barfield, Sarah Wigglesworth, Sergison Bates and Studio Egret West.

Intriguingly, Lynn Kinnear’s practice Kinnear Landscape Architecture has made it on to the shortlist while her husband Sean Griffith’s firm FAT dropped off the list – a move which will not be massively mourned by Griffiths who failed to win a single job during his year on the previous panel.

As part of their tender submission the 42 firms were asked to respond to the theme ‘If I could design London, I would...’.

These proposals will be exhibited at the Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House as part of the London Festival of Architecture from 20 June to 20 July.

More than 180 firms originally made submissions interest to join the panel.
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