The Olympic Park Legacy Company has revealed images of the five shortlisted schemes to design the public space between the aquatics centre and the Olympic stadium

Shortlist announced to design the post-Games South Park

The competition was launched in July this year for a landscape masterplan for the South Park site, which sits within the branches of the River Lea and around the 114m-tall ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

The remit was to create a distinctive area that will bring together a vibrant mix of cultural events, beautiful spaces and recreational uses.

The centrepiece will be a major public space that will welcome crowds to the south of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park after the Games. Sitting between the Aquatics Centre, the Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the 2012 Gardens, this space will have a visitor centre, water features, imaginative play facilities and host a range of diverse festivals and performances.

The successful scheme will be built on the park in Stratford after the London 2012 Games finish, and a winner is expected to be announced in December.

The proposals are currently on ‘anonymous’ display at the NLA, Store Street, London until early January.

The five proposals shortlisted are:

  • Agence Ter with Heneghan Peng, Buro Happold, ARUP, Bartenbach LichtLabor and Gardiner & Theobald
  • Gustafson Porter with Niall McLaughlin, ARUP and quantity surveyors Davis Langdon
  • James Corner Field Operations with Make Architects, ARUP, Tomato, Piet Oudolf, L’Observatoire International, Groundbreaking, Playlink and Deloitte
  • Ken Smith Landscape Architect with Michael Maltzan Architecture, Buro Happold, Piet Oudolf, ETM associates and Davis Langdon
  • West 8 with Benthem Crouwel Architekten BV bna, Buro Happold and Davis Langdon.


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