Saturday19 August 2017

Rogers and Grimshaw in the mix for Islington community scheme

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Five teams shortlisted in RIBA competition

Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, Hawkins Brown and Grimshaw are among five teams shortlisted by Islington council in north London for a £49 million competition to find an architect to rebuild a sports centre opposite Ironmonger Row Baths.

Rogers, which has confirmed a handful of redundancies since its move to the Cheesegrater last month, and the others have been asked to design a multi-purpose building would combine leisure, childcare, healthcare and local energy production under one roof.

“Affordable” housing, market sale homes and improved public space would be provided on the rest of the site which currently contains Finsbury Leisure Centre, opened in 1975, and is immediately north of LSO St Luke’s and Old Street.

The new building will face Ironmonger Row Baths whose £16 million refurbishment in 2013 by Tim Ronalds Architects won an RIBA national award.

Tim Ronalds has also been shortlisted for this scheme and is part of a team which features Henley Halebrown Rorrison and Sergison Bates while Pollard Thomas Edwards has also been shortlisted.

The two-stage contest is being run by RIBA Competitions and the five shortlisted design teams will be paid a £7,500 honorarium to participate in the second tender and design concept phase.

A public exhibition of the five designs is due to take place in the next few weeks with a winner due this spring. Work is expected to start by summer 2018.

James Murray, executive member for housing and development at Islington, said: “It’s important to us to make sure our new council homes and public buildings are well-designed. We look forward to seeing designs from the shortlisted teams so we can consult the public on their views.”



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