OLD OAK PARK APPOINTS MASTERPLAN DESIGN REVIEW PANEL

5 MAY 2016

Ensuring our masterplan incorporates best practice and current thinking in urban design, and is informed by as many creative voices as possible. It will meet the challenges of today, and will be sustainable, flexible and robust to provide for the London of the future.

At Old Oak Park we are creating a truly new piece of London. A place with all of the things you would expect from any existing piece of this city, with the benefit of being able to plan for how Londoners live today and might live in the future.

Our masterplanning team is led by Lee Polisano of PLP Architecture who, along with his team, has been responsible for a series of high profile and innovative designs in several major world cities.

PLP Architecture is working alongside engineers Arup who lead on infrastructure design, such as the 14 bridges, viaducts and underpasses that unlock our 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, it is important that the parameters, connections, routes and neighbourhoods that are planned now, are exceptional in every way, meet the challenges of today, and are sustainable, flexible and robust to provide for the London of the future.

In order to ensure our masterplan incorporates best practice and current thinking in urban design, and is informed by as many creative voices as possible, at Old Oak Park we have established our own Masterplan Design Review Panel.

This internal sounding board 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; renowned urban strategist John Worthington; Stephen Greenberg who is an architect with extensive experience in museum development and how modern cultural spaces should work; as well as regeneration economist Joanna Rowelle.

Their role is in addition to our close working with the OPDC’s dedicated design review body, Design Council Cabe.

Biographies of Old Oak Park Masterplan Design Review Panel

Paul Finch OBE
Chair of the Old Oak Park Masterplan Design Review Panel



Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festival and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal. He has more than 40 years’ experience as a journalist, serving editorial posts at Estates Times, Building Design, Architects’ Journal, Architectural Review and Planning in London.

A former Chair of the CABE Board and CABE’s London Olympics Design Review Panel, he is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and of University College London. Paul is also an honorary member of Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, as well as the British Council for Offices.

In 2002 he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture.

Alison Brooks



Recently named by the Sunday Times as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people, Alison Brooks is the only UK architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the Stephen Lawrence Prize, the Manser Medal and the 2008 RIBA Stirling Prize.

She is currently principal and creative director of Alison Brooks Architects where she has overseen several award-winning arts, education, residential and urban projects across the UK and Europe. Alison has served as a juror for a number of awards panels and is a Trustee of Open-City and Chair of the CABE/Design Council National Design Review. She lectures internationally on architecture and urbanism is the author of ‘Synthesis: Culture and Context.’

John Worthington



John is an internationally renowned urban strategist with a career spanning five decades across private- and public-sector projects. Since founding DEGW in 1973, his work has included leading a concept plan for Stockley International Business Park, chairing panels to advise on high-rise building strategies in Rotterdam and Dublin, and enhancing public realm connections at Utrecht Central Station.

From 1992-97, John was Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies and Professor of Architecture at the University of York. He currently teaches at the Architectural Association, the University of Reading Business School, and Madrid IE School of Architecture and Design. As the present Commissioner of the Independent Transport Commission, he also is overseeing a broad range of research projects which will inform the design and implementation of the UK’s new High Speed 2 railway.

Stephen Greenberg



JStephen is a fully qualified architect with over 30 years’ industry experience, including as Editor of Architects Journal and Partner at both DEWG and Greenberg and Hawkes Architects. Since founding Metaphor in 2000, he has co-ordinated exhibitions and redisplays at several major museums including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert, the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. He has also overseen new masterplans for Istanbul’s Historic Peninsula and for three members of the Science Group in London.

Stephen lectures regularly at universities and design schools including the Scuole Normale e Superiore in Pisa, Italy and the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

Joanna Rowelle



Joanna Rowelle is an Associate Director in Planning, Policy and Economics at Arup where she focuses on economic development, regeneration and economic policy. She has worked for a range of private and public sector clients on projects including the new Crystal Palace, Cheddar Reservoir and Swanscombe Peninsular. Most recently Joanna played a lead role in the production of the UK Central Masterplan with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, which showcased the region’s £5.1bn development potential up to 2040.

Prior to joining Arup, Joanna worked at the Greater London Authority where she served as Assistant Director of Regeneration, overseeing a city-wide project to promote employment opportunities and social cohesion.