London Mayor announces design competition

An international design competition to find the team to design the new cultural and educational quarter at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been announced today.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson disclosed the competition, through which he hopes to find an exceptional team of architects, master planners, place makers, enginerers and landscape designers to bring to life his vision for ‘Olympicopolis’.

Situated on Stratford waterfront at the gateway, ‘Olympicopolis’ will showcase London at its cultural best. The Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler’s Wells and the University of the Arts London have already expressed their interest in this new development.

Boris Johnson says, ‘London’s Olympic and Paralympic legacy is transforming Stratford into a vibrant new metropolitan centre.

‘The launch today of a global hunt for top design talent to create a world class cultural and higher educational quarter on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will stimulate further growth.’

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Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Sadler’s Wells adds, ‘This is a great opportunity for dance and for this area of London.

‘We are looking forward to working with the London Legacy Development Corporation and the other project partner organisations to make this exciting prospect a reality.’

The two-stage design competition will start in September and is being managed by independent competition specialist Malcolm Reading Consultants. Details of the judges will be announced in September.

Those interested can visit to sign up and receive an e-flyer when the competition opens.

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