Successful line-up includes microbusinesses as well as Arup, Alison Brooks and Turner Works

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A team led by Prior & Partners and Arup has won the £8bn competition to design a new neighbourhood at Thamesmead in south-east London.

The successful line-up of designers and planners, which includes Alison Brooks Architects and JA Projects, will be appointed as strategic masterplanner for the site which covers more than 100 hectares.

The winners were selected from a shortlist featuring Allies & Morrison, Jas Bhalla Architects, Studio Egret West, Studio Weave, Mikhail Riches, Mary Duggan Architects, William Matthews Architects and ZCD Architects.

The high-profile competition, run by Colander for a joint venture between Lendlease and Peabody, was the biggest in the housing association’s 158-year history.

It will provide at least 11,500 new homes plus commercial and leisure space across more than a mile of undeveloped river frontage at the sprawling estate made famous by the film A Clockwork Orange.

The full team, detailed below, includes established architects Alison Brooks, Marc Koehler and Carl Turner who, it said would bring innovation in the design of homes and neighbourhoods, as well as newcomer Jayden Ali of JA Projects.


Winner: Prior & Partners (with Arup; West 8; The Place Bureau; Alison Brooks Architects; Turner Works; Marc Koehler Architects; JA Projects; Schulze&Grassov; Soundings; and Sage Culture).

  • Allies and Morrison with Jas Bhalla Architects; SLA; Ramboll; Montagu Evans; and Frances Holliss.
  • Studio Egret West & Cobe (with Dark Matter Labs; Studio Weave; Freehaus Design; Yinka Ilori Studio; AKTII; Hilson Moran; and Biomatrix Water)
  • Urban Orchestra led by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, Mikhail Riches, Haptic and Expedition with Create Culture; Gardiner and Theobald; Gibson Thornley; GS Solutions;  Innovation First; Kjellander Sjöberg; LOLA; Madeleine Kessler Architects;  Mary Duggan Architects; Nick Elias Studio; Nordic – Office of Architecture; William Matthews Architects and ZCD Architects.   
  • White Arkitekter (Publica; Tredje Natur; Central Saint Martins; Public Works; Bohn & Viljoen; Buro Happold; GL Hearn; and Aurora).

Source: Peabody