Countdown to North Park Opening
The Olympic Park Legacy Company has launched a competition to design two new key areas or ‘hubs’ in the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
We invited expressions of interest and announced the shortlisted teams selected to produce designs to create London’s newest public space, along with two visitor centres and a major new playground.
More than 100 teams from across Europe, Asia and North America submitted expressions of interest to create two new distinctive areas that will bring together a vibrant mix of cultural events, beautiful spaces and recreational uses for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The centrepiece will be a major public space that will welcome crowds to the south plaza and Park, situated between the Aquatics Centre, the Stadium, the Park’s visitor attraction – the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the 2012 Gardens. This urban landscape will have a similar feel to London’s South Bank with plans for a visitor centre, a vibrant programme of outdoor events, water features, potential for art installations, and imaginative play facilities, which will include a skate park.
The second area will be set within the stunning green river valley in the north park, which has the potential to include one of London’s most inspiring playgrounds and a visitor centre with a café and seating terrace, along with indoor multi-purpose space available for local schools and community groups to use.
Local residents will be able to benefit from these two places and they will become the heart of the Park after the Games. The Legacy Company aims to deliver a top quality play, leisure and learning experience for the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the 2012 Games. These facilities will provide a benchmark for further development in the Park. This is an opportunity to create a lasting and influential design in one of the world’s great cities.
Above: North Park and South Park Hubs locations with boundaries
Five teams were shortlisted for the north park competition and five teams for the south park competition to go on to the second stage to develop concept designs with winners announced later this year. The shortlisted companies were announced in September 2011 and can be viewed by selecting the relevant module box on the right hand side of this page.
You can also view the entries for the shortlisted companies by following the links below:
We are now holding an exhibition in Stratford Regional station showcasing the five submitted design ideas for both North Park and South Park Hubs. This exhibition displays the second stage of the competition and these designs will shortly be judged by an expert panel including local representatives who will decide upon the winning concept, which will be announced later on in the year.
We have set up a microsite with our partners in this competition, Malcolm Reading Consultants, where you can find further information on the competition and the two new areas or ‘hubs’ to be created. All competition enquiries should be directed to Malcolm Reading Consultants with contact details available on the microsite via the link below:
Should you have any problems accessing this link or the microsite, please contact us at email@example.com or on 020 3288 1800