Finalists will compete to design project intended to regenerate area

Four architectural firms are in the running to transform a major traffic route through central Croydon, it was announced today.

The shortlisted teams listed below will compete to redesign the city's Wellesley Road and Park Lane area:

- Hawkins Brown supported by Hyder Consulting and Grant Associates

- OKRA Landscape Architects supported by Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates and Karakusevic Carson Architects

- Field Operations supported by Buro Happold, Tomato, Concepto, and Macgregor Smith

- Edward Cullinan Architects supported by Space Syntax, Livingston Eyre Associates, Faber Maunsell and Hamilton-Baillie Associates

The contest was launched in October by Croydon council in conjunction with Design for London, the London Development Agency and Transport for London (TfL). It is part of a wider regeneration project, Third City, which aims to make Croydon London's third most important area alongside Westminster and the City of London.

Steve O'Connell, councillor and Croydon's cabinet member for regeneration said: “The initial response to the competition has been highly impressive and gives us confidence that a truly imaginative and practical solution will emerge.”

The shortlisted practices will visit the project site in January. Submissions for stage two, the design competition, are to be submitted by the 18 March. The winning design team will be selected in May.