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Allies & Morrison and O’Donnell & Tuomey win competition to design new Stratford Waterfront in London

The multi-award winning practice Allies & Morrison has teamed up with RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnel & Tuomey to scoop the international competition for Stratford Waterfront on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Stratford Waterfront scheme in east London, is a key part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s vision for an ‘Olympicopolis’. 

The Stirling-shortlisted architects lead a team with Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, Gustafson Porter, Buro Happold and Gardiner and Theobold. 

Allies & Morrison’s bid won against five other finalists including Stanton Williams, David Chipperfield, Alison Brooks, Rick Mater, DRDH, David Kohn, 6a and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

The two-stage competition was organised by the London Legacy Development Corporation and competition specialists Malcolm reading Consultancy, was launched in September 2014, attracting entries from 125 architects, master planners, engineers and landscape designers from around the world.  

Stage two invited six shortlisted teams to submit concept designs for culture and university complex. The winner was chosen by a panel of judges which included representatives from each of the organisations to be housed in the scheme.  

Boris Johnson said: Stratford Waterfront is set to become a world leading centre of culture and higher education, and I am thrilled that we have been able to appoint some serious talent to work on the designs. Their work will be key to a project that is expected to generate nearly £2bn and 3,000 new jobs to the Olympic Park.”

Bob Allies of Allies and Morrison said: Having been involved in the design of the Olympic Park from the submission of the initial bid to the completion of the Legacy masterplan, we are very excited to have been selected to bring forward this final component of what will be an extraordinary new piece of London, a remarkable collaboration between outstanding institutions.”

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey said: “We are delighted to be on the winning team for the most important project. Cultural and educational buildings and the public realm have been the critical purpose of our practice for more than 25 years. It feels like all our work has been leading towards this extraordinary commission. And we are happy to be back again in London where we began our careers in architecture. We greatly look forward to collaborating on the creation of an exciting urban quarter in this new part of town.”

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