Mayor announces ‘Olympicopolis’ international design competition
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Mayor announces ‘Olympicopolis’ international design competition International design team sought to design new cultural and educational quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Victoria and Albert Museum, University College London and Sadler’s Wells will be part of the project The competition will be managed by renowned architectural competition specialist Malcolm Reading Consultants Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced an international design competition to find the team to bring to life his vision for ‘Olympicopolis’ the new educational and cultural quarter on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. An exciting new destination on Stratford waterfront at the gateway to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will demonstrate London at its cultural best, bringing together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design. The Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and University of the Arts London are already planning to be part of this exciting new development. University College London are also key partners in the wider ‘Olympicopolis’ scheme, and will be building a major new campus adjacent to the Stratford Waterfront site, allowing for unparalleled collaboration in education, training and research amongst all the organisations involved. The Mayor is looking to find an exceptional team of architects, master planners, place makers, engineers and landscape designers to help create this ambitious new waterfront destination. Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “'As the world's eyes turn once again to the UK ahead of a major sporting spectacular, London's Olympic and Paralympic legacy is transforming Stratford into a vibrant new metropolitan centre. “The launch today of a global hunt for top design talent to create a world class cultural and higher educational quarter on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will stimulate further growth.” Dennis Hone Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation said: “Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is already home to award winning architecture and some of the best design in the world. Our new cultural and educational quarter will be no exception. This is a unique opportunity for the world’s best architects and designers to be part of and create one of the most exciting projects in the next few years.” Moira Gemmill, Director of Design and FuturePlan at the V&A said: “The V&A’s purpose is to make people think about design. It exists to encourage everyone to care about design and the impact it has on all our lives. This message begins with the building. Design is extremely powerful. It can change people’s perception of a place. It can bring great economic benefit. The ambition for the V&A in Stratford is to embody these principles in a great 21st century museum building within a great 21st century development. As we finalise our architectural brief we look forward to the international competition that will seek out the very best talent to design an extraordinary V&A for the future.” Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Sadler’s Wells said: “I am delighted that the plans for the cultural quarter on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are moving forward with the announcement of the design competition – this is a great opportunity for dance and for this area of London. We are looking forward to working with the LLDC and the other project partner organisations to make this exciting prospect a reality.” The open, two-stage design competition will start in September and is being managed by independent competition specialist, Malcolm Reading Consultants. The London-based consultancy specialises in architectural competitions in the arts, museums, heritage and public sector and is currently running the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. Paul Finch, Programme Director of World Architecture Festival and former chair of both the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Design Council, will be the jury chairman. Further details of the high-profile jury will be announced in September. Interested architects, masterplanners, placemakers, engineers and landscape designers are invited to visit competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/queenelizabetholympicpark to sign up and receive an e-flyer when the competition opens. Malcolm Reading said: “We are thrilled to be running this competition. An international architectural search of this scale is a great way to draw out talent and innovation from the architectural community. While full details of the competition will be unveiled in September, we hope that over the summer, architects and masterplanners will start thinking about their ideal team and earmarking time for the contest in their autumn schedules.” The two-stage competition will feature an open first stage seeking Expressions of Interest from multi-disciplinary teams with relevant experience. It is anticipated that from these, five finalists will be selected. They will submit concept designs during the second stage with the winning team being announced in March 2015.