Architect Pollard Thomas Edwards beats Rogers Stirk Harbour and Grimshaw

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and Grimshaw are among the high-profile firms to have been pipped by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects to an RIBA competition to design a leisure and health centre in north London.

The other finalists in the Finsbury Leisure Centre design competition were Hawkins Brown and Henley Halebrown Rorrison.

The council’s judging panel said Pollard Thomas Edwards had the “most creative and forward-thinking” ideas for the new civic building.


Pollard Thomas Edwards - winning design for Finsbury Leisure Centre

Pollard Thomas Edwards’ winning design for Finsbury Leisure Centre


The judges praised all five teams for the dedication, time and resources they ploughed into their entries which gave them the chance to compare a “range of high-quality design ideas” for the site.

The £49m redevelopment will replace the existing 1960s complex with more than 100 council homes and improved public space as well as the leisure centre itself which will accommodate leisure facilities, a nursery and GP’s surgery under one roof.