London & Regional and Cargiant have appointed a Design Review Panel, headed by Paul Finch, for their redevelopment of the Cargiant site at Old Oak – christened Old Oak Park.
It aims to help the masterplan incorporate best practice and current thinking in urban design, and be informed by as many creative voices as possible.
The masterplanning team is led by Lee Polisano of PLP Architecture who are working with engineers Arup who lead on infrastructure design, such as the 14 bridges, viaducts and underpasses that unlock the site, as well as Dutch landscape architects West 8 who are visioning the site’s 20-acres of public open space including the Canal, the Central Square and residential parks.
Given the scale of the site at Old Oak Park, the variety of different buildings, spaces and opportunities that will be delivered over a twenty year period by a number of architects, the developers believe it is important that the parameters, connections, routes and neighbourhoods that are planned now, are exceptional, meet the challenges of today, and are sustainable, flexible and robust to provide for the London of the future.
This will be the task for the Masterplan Design Review Panel which meets routinely to review progress and to challenge the masterplan team. It is chaired by Paul Finch OBE, who performed a similar role for the London Olympics Design Review Panel. He is joined on the panel by Stirling Prize-winning architect Alison Brooks; urban strategist John Worthington; architect Stephen Greenberg; and regeneration economist Joanna Rowelle.
Their role is in addition to that with the OPDC’s dedicated design review body, Design Council Cabe.