Competition for south and north parks attracts international architects

Ten teams led by international architects including David Kohn, Ushida Findley, Heneghan Peng and West 8 have been shortlisted in a competition to design two major new areas for the post-games Olympic Park.

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Kathryn Firth, chief of design, Olympic Park Legacy Company

The Olympic Park Legacy Company yesterday announced the shortlist of teams for the south park and the north park – which together it says will bring a “vibrant mix of cultural events, beautiful spaces and recreational uses”.

The centrepiece of the new work will be a major new public space to welcome crowds to the south park. Sitting between the aquatics centre, the stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the 2012 gardens, this will include a visitor centre, water features, play facilities and host festivals and performances.

The second area will be set within the grassy river valley in the north park and will comprise playgrounds and a visitor centre with a café and seating terrace, along with indoor multi-purpose space for community-use.

New chief of design at the Olympic Park Legacy Company Kathryn Firth - formerly a director at PLP Architecture - said: “The design competition has attracted worldwide interest from award winning practices wanting to create a lasting and influential design in one of the world’s great cities.

“We have a dynamic mix of international and home grown talent that we expect to come forward with cutting edge designs for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

The selected teams will now go on to a second competition stage to develop concept designs with winners announced later this year.

The shortlisted teams are:

South Park Competition:

• Agence Ter (Paris) in collaboration with architects Heneghan Peng (Ireland), engineering consultants (park) Buro Happold (Bath), engineering consultants (buildings) ARUP (London), lighting designers Bartenbach LichtLabor (Austria), and quantity surveyors Gardiner & Theobald

• Gustafson Porter (London) in collaboration with architect Niall McLaughlin (Ireland), engineers ARUP (London) and quantity surveyors Davis Langdon

• James Corner Field Operations in collaboration with engineers ARUP (London), Make Architects (London), identity and graphics by tomato, planting and horticulture by Piet Oudolf, lighting designers and consultants L’Observatoire International (New York), events and live activity planning by Groundbreaking, play consultants Playlink, quantity surveyors Deloitte

• Ken Smith Landscape Architect in collaboration with Michael Maltzan Architecture (California), civil, structural and sustainable engineers Buro Happold (Bath), landscape designer Piet Oudolf, public space program and management ETM associates (New Jersey) and cost consultant, design project manager, specification consultant Davis Langdon

• West 8 (Netherlands) in collaboration with architect Benthem Crouwel Architekten BV bna (Netherlands), engineer Buro Happold (Bath), and quantity surveyor Davis Langdon (Australia)

North Park Competition:

• Cottrell &Vermeulen Architecture Ltd (London) in collaboration with structural engineer Engineers HRW (London), services consultant OR Consulting (London) and quality surveyor Stockdale

• David Kohn Architects (London) in collaboration with landscape architects David Buck (London), Davies White (Surrey), consultancy Alan Baxer & Associates LLP (London) and project managers and cost consultants Jackson Coles (London)

• erect architecture (London) in collaboration with consulting structural engineers Tall engineers (London), service engineers Max Fordham (London), landscape consultants Land Use Consultants (London), artist and enabler Ashley McMormick (London), quantity surveyor Huntley Cartwright (Surrey) and play safety experts Children’s Play Advisory Service (Coventry)

• The Landscape Partnership (London) in collaboration with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (London), structural engineers Jane Wernick Associates (London), M&E engineers Skelly&Couch (London), and cost management by Turner & Townsend (London)

• Ushida Findlay architects (London) in collaboration with landscape architect and masterplanner Grant associates (Bath), structural and services engineer ARUP (London), lighting designer Speirs and Major (London), quantity surveyor Davis Langdon and play design best practice and enabling by Play England (London)