News: Olympicopolis architects appointed

Thursday 21 May 2015 by Carmel Smith

Stratford Waterfront site sketch, courtesy London Legacy Development Corporation.

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has announced that a team led by multi award winning architecture and urban planning practice Allies and Morrison has won the competition to design the culture and education quarter in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where Sadler’s Wells, the V&A and University of the Arts London – and possibly the Smithsonian Institution – will be opening new spaces, as part of Olympicopolis. The winning team was selected from a group of six short listed in December last year, including 125 architects from around the world.

Allies and Morrison are the architects responsible for two high profile London dance buildings: Rambert’s new home on the South Bank and the renovation and extension of The Place in Duke Street. They will be working with a team which includes RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell and Tuomey, Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitecturia, Gustafson Porter, Buro Happold and Gardiner and Theobald.

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.”

Sadler’s Wells’ new space will include a 600 seat theatre, as well as office and studio spaces for a Choreographic School and the first UK Hip Hop Academy. Choreographer Wayne McGregor is also basing his company in East London, with new studios in Here East – also part of the wider Olympicopolis scheme.

Mayor of London 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 bring 3,000 new jobs to the Olympic Park.”

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