UK landscape experts on shortlist for Olympic park legacy design competition

The Olympic Park Legacy Company has named Land Use Consultants, the Landscape Partnership and Grant Associates among the teams short-listed to produce designs for the creation of new public space, two visitor centres and a playground at the Olympic Park.

Vision for the 2012 Olympic park - image: OPLC
Vision for the 2012 Olympic park - image: OPLC

Ten teams were selected from more than 100 entries from across Europe into an international competition to design two new public spaces to be created for recreational and cultural use in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the 2012 Games.

The main feature will be a major public space in the south park between the Aquatics Centre, the stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the 2012 Gardens. The brief describes the new space as having a 'South Bank feel' hosting a range of diverse festivals and performances, with plans for a visitor centre, water features, play facilities.

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

Five teams have been shortlisted for the north park competition and five teams for the
south park competition. They will go forward to the second stage to develop concept designs with
winners to be announced later this year.

Chief of design at the Olympic Park Legacy Company Kathryn Firth 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.

Find the full list of shorlisted teams here.

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