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Olympicopolis detailed designs revealed

New images showing detailed designs of the proposed Olympicopolis development on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have been revealed.

The designs for the east London park’s new huge cultural and education quarter have been drawn up by a team led by Allies and Morrison and including RIBA Gold Medal winners O’Donnell + Tuomey, Spanish firm Arquitecturia and landscape architects Gustafson Porter. 

The practices saw off bids from a raft of firms to win the contest for the job back in May 2015, according to Construction News sister title the Architect’s Journal.

The development is set to house new outposts for the V&A, UAL’s London College of Fashion, Sadler’s Wells and the Smithsonian – which committed to the site in Stratford and its first permanent gallery outside the US last month.

London Legacy Development Corporation executive director of regeneration Rosanna Lawes said: “Stratford and east London are changing fast.

“In a few short years we will see not only a new cultural and education district in east London with some of the world’s leading institutions sitting in the heart of the park, but new neighbourhoods and business districts and hugely successful sporting venues delivering on the legacy promises made for the 2012 Games.

“This is the perfect illustration of how London is open, and will remain so.”

The site next to Zaha Hadid Architects’ Aquatics Centre will include a 600-seat theatre and a university campus alongside housing.

As part of the proposals for the former Olympic Park, a new campus for UCL will also be built to the south of the Orbit. The masterplan for the UCL site was initially drawn up by LDA Design with Nicholas Hare Architects and Studio Weave.

In May, UCL released a shortlist of 10 firms competing for the first phases of the development: the £80m Marshgate and the £40m Pool Street schemes. 

The scheme is expected to be submitted for planning in December 2016. 

If planning is granted, work is set to start on site in 2018 with the buildings due to open by 2021.

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