Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECT:
Pollard Thomas Edwards has won a design competition for a new £49 million mixed-use development featuring a leisure centre in Islington, north London.
The contest, organised by the RIBA’s competitions unit, sought ‘exemplary’ ideas to redevelop a large site containing Finsbury Leisure Centre in the St Luke’s area of Islington.
Pollard Thomas Edwards was selected from a five strong shortlist that also included: Grimshaws, Hawkins\Brown, Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects; and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
The council’s Judging Panel thought that Pollard Thomas Edwards had the most creative and forward thinking ideas for the new civic building. They were also impressed by the dedication, time, and resources shown by each of the design teams. This gave the Panel an opportunity to compare a range of high quality design ideas for the site.