Shortlist for London Olympic Park Legacy Design Competitions announced

More than 100 teams from across Europe, Asia and North America submitted expressions of interest to create two new distinctive areas that will bring together a vibrant mix of
cultural events, beautiful spaces and recreational uses for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The centrepiece will be a major public space that will welcome crowds to the south park. Sitting between the Aquatics Centre, the Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the 2012
Gardens, this urban landscape will have a South Bank feel with plans for a visitor centre, water features, imaginative play facilities and host a range of diverse festivals and

The second area will be set within the stunning green river valley in the north park and has potential to include one of London’s most inspiring playgrounds and a visitor centre with a
café and seating terrace, along with indoor multi-purpose space for community-use.

For the shortlist for both parks…..


The South Park, with its legacy of 2012 Games-time venues and infrastructure, will evolve over time to become an enticing destination within the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.  The South Park Landscape Masterplan and Hub will be central to the success of this area attracting visitors and local residents.

The site is located within the branches of the River Lea and links four spectacular attractions in the immediate vicinity: the 114m tall ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture, the landmark Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Stadium and the London 2012 Gardens.

South Park Competition:



The North Park Hub and Playground will be the social focus of the northern part of the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a key resource for local residents after the 2012 Games. The Olympic Park Legacy Company seeks to commission a design team through this two-stage competition to create an outstanding Park building and one of London’s best playgrounds.

North Park Competition:

The short-listed teams will be invited to submit a concept design in November which will be judged by an expert panel.  The winner will be announced by the end of the year.
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