The shortlist of companies to design open spaces similar to that of London's South Bank in the Olympic Park doesn't seem so short when you look at first glance.
It is an impressive list of consortiums made up of companies from across Europe, Asia and North America, which have been shortlisted by the OPLC from more than 100 expressions of interest - see below.
It is great to see the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is continuing to attract such international interest in making it a success.
The North and South Parks at the 500-acre Olympic Park will be crucial in making it a desirable place to live.
Some 55-acres will be transformed in East London's answer to the South Bank, alongside the Thames. The space will be used to host cultural events and recreational activities.
Anyway, that long, shortlist which I mentioned is as follows:
South Park Competition:
• Agence Ter (Paris) in collaboration with architects Heneghan Peng (Ireland), engineering consultants (park) Buro Happold (Bath), engineering consultants (buildings) ARUP (London), lighting designers Bartenbach LichtLabor (Austria), and quantity surveyors Gardiner & Theobald
• Gustafson Porter (London) in collaboration with architect Niall McLaughlin (Ireland), engineers ARUP (London) and quantity surveyors Davis Langdon
• James Corner Field Operations in collaboration with engineers ARUP (London), Make Architects (London), identity and graphics by tomato, planting and horticulture by Piet Oudolf, lighting designers and consultants L'Observatoire International (New York), events and live activity planning by Groundbreaking, play consultants Playlink, quantity surveyors Deloitte
• Ken Smith Landscape Architect in collaboration with Michael Maltzan Architecture (California), civil, structural and sustainable engineers Buro Happold (Bath), landscape designer Piet Oudolf, public space program and management ETM associates (New Jersey) and cost consultant, design project manager, specification consultant Davis Langdon
• West 8 (Netherlands) in collaboration with architect Benthem Crouwel Architekten BV bna (Netherlands), engineer Buro Happold (Bath), and quantity surveyor Davis Langdon (Australia)
North Park Competition:
• Cottrell &Vermeulen Architecture Ltd (London) in collaboration with structural engineer Engineers HRW (London), services consultant OR Consulting (London) and quality surveyor Stockdale
• David Kohn Architects (London) in collaboration with landscape architects David Buck (London), Davies White (Surrey), consultancy Alan Baxer & Associates LLP (London) and project managers and cost consultants Jackson Coles (London)
• erect architecture (London) in collaboration with consulting structural engineers Tall engineers (London), service engineers Max Fordham (London), landscape consultants Land Use Consultants (London), artist and enabler Ashley McMormick (London), quantity surveyor Huntley Cartwright (Surrey) and play safety experts Children's Play Advisory Service (Coventry)
• The Landscape Partnership (London) in collaboration with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (London), structural engineers Jane Wernick Associates (London), M&E engineers Skelly&Couch (London), and cost management by Turner & Townsend (London)
• Ushida Findlay architects (London) in collaboration with landscape architect and masterplanner Grant associates (Bath), structural and services engineer ARUP (London), lighting designer Speirs and Major (London), quantity surveyor Davis Langdon and play design best practice and enabling by Play England (London)