Team appointed to masterplan £8bn Thamesmead development
Diverse group of firms to transform prime waterfront location
Competition organisers Colander have announced the winners of the contest to create a masterplan for the major 100 ha waterfront neighbourhood, situated at Thamesmead, London. The team, led by Prior + Partners with TenderStream member Arup, includes a diverse range of firms including West 8, The Place Bureau, Alison Brooks Architects, Turner Works, Marc Koehler Architects, JA Projects, Schulze+Grassov, Soundings and Sage Culture. Their work for project developers Peabody and Lendlease will lead to the creation of a new community with thousands of homes, alongside commercial and leisure space set amongst lakes, green areas and over a mile of undeveloped river frontage.
The team was selected on the basis of its approach to collaboration - offering the opportunity to combine the large-scale expertise necessary for such an ambitious project, with the diversity of thought and innovation possible from a broad range of specialist partners. Established design industry leaders in architecture - Alison Brooks, Marc Koehler and Carl Turner - will bring innovative design skills for developing homes and living neighbourhoods. West 8 and Schulze + Grassov offer notable skills in public realm and integrated landscape design, while Soundings provide an active approach to engagement with the local community developed. Of the proposed core team, twelve are SMEs, ten employ less than thirty people and five are microbusinesses employing less than ten people.
Sowmya Parthasarathy, urban design and masterplanning director at Arup, stated: “The aspiration for Thamesmead Waterfront demands that we rewrite old rules on how to design and deliver a truly resilient and sustainable place. I am thrilled to be bringing Arup’s integrated design expertise to a project that will set the standard for how net-zero neighbourhoods will look, feel, and function. We look forward to working with Peabody, Lendlease, local residents, and our creative team to help shape a shared vision for Thamesmead.”