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Wednesday30 July 2014

Architecture Foundation launches playground competition

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Design team sought for east London site near Olympic Park

The Architecture Foundation is inviting architects to take part in an open design competition for a new playspace at Three Mills Green in Newham, east London.

The competition is being organised by the Architecture Foundation on behalf of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), the Legacy List charity and land owners the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, who said they want an “innovative and creative” design team to work with.

Shortlisted entries will be judged by a jury including Gustafson Porter director Neil Porter, OPLC head of design Eleanor Fawcett and Legacy List chief executive Sarah Weir.

Sarah Weir said: “The Legacy List is excited that its first project will be to deliver a high quality and inspirational playground for Three Mills Green. 

“It is exactly these connections between culture and community that will make the difference in and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and truly make a space into a place that complements and reflects the desires of the existing community.” 

Three Mills Green sits just south of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and has recently been renovated by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Design for London.

Interested teams can download a prequalification questionnaire from www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/design-competition-three-mills-playspace.

The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest and associated prequalification documentation is Monday, 15 August. Short-listed practices will be contacted by 18 August and invited to submit proposals by 19 September.

It is hoped construction of the proposals will start on site in March 2012.

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  • ...."For the purposes of the competition, entrants should work to a maximum construction budget of approximately £80,000 - £100,000 (excluding VAT)".....do we really need a competition for this? The combined manpower value of the entrants alone will far exceed this budget....again.

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  • Can we see an end to these PPQs please?

    Its a play area - why filter out the possibility of anyone who hasn't worked on an identically scaled project before the design even begins?

    The same mistake happened with BSfF PFI boom. And all that brought us was the same half-a-dozen large practices building the same abysmal schools over and over again across the UK.

    Learn from this mistake please. Taking 'risks' is a good thing.

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  • Simon  Quinlank

    3 years later and all the AF Amelia Street competion comprises of is a bit of resurfacing with concrete paving slabs and a planter with a strawberry tree.

    AF couldn't organise a ....

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  • A rushed job I can imagine. Like many of the works around the Olympics and it's legacy. Bureaucracy restricting freedom to the detriment of something that has such potential. Erect do design brilliant playgrounds though.-
    http://grassrootsplay.com/about-us

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