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Winner chosen in Finsbury Leisure Centre design contest

17 Aug 16 Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects has won the design competition for redevelopment of the Finsbury Leisure Centre site in London.

The redevelopment of the site will deliver new council homes and improved public space, alongside a civic building that will include leisure, childcare and healthcare.

RIBA Competitions and Islington Council announced Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects as the winner from a shortlist that also included Grimshaw Architects, Hawkins\Brown Architects, 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.

Councillor Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “Congratulations to Pollard Thomas Edwards on their competition victory.  We look forward to working with them and the local community to create new high-quality affordable homes and improved community facilities for Finsbury residents including a new leisure centre, GP practice, and nursery.

“Like the rest of London, Islington faces a housing crisis, with a huge shortage of affordable housing. Projects such as this are another opportunity to build new council homes and help meet the housing needs of local residents.”

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