The winning team will work alongside housing group Peabody and Lendlease, which have entered into joint venture, to plan and deliver the new town centre of 11,500 homes.
Part of the design brief will be to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic world.
Five design teams
Allies and Morrison with Jas Bhalla Architects; SLA; Ramboll; Montagu Evans; and Frances Holliss
Prior + Partners (with Arup; West 8; The Place Bureau; Alison Brooks Architects; Turner Works; Marc Koehler Architects; JA Projects; Schulze+Grassov; Soundings; and Sage Culture)
Studio Egret West & Cobe (with Dark Matter Labs; Studio Weave; Freehaus Design; Yinka Ilori Studio; AKTII; Hilson Moran; and Biomatrix Water)
Urban Orchestra led by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, Mikhail Riches, Haptic and Expedition with Create Culture; Gardiner and Theobald; Gibson Thornley; GS Solutions; Innovation First; Kjellander Sjöberg; LOLA; Madeleine Kessler Architects; Mary Duggan Architects; Nick Elias Studio; Nordic – Office of Architecture; William Matthews Architects and ZCD Architects
White Arkitekter (Publica; Tredje Natur; Central Saint Martins; Public Works; Bohn & Viljoen; Buro Happold; GL Hearn; and Aurora)
A winner of the competition is expected to be announced in April.
Bek Seeley, Managing Director of Development for Lendlease in Europe, said: “We’ve been hugely impressed with the quality of the teams that have come forward.
“There is a superb mix of expertise from both the UK and overseas. And we’ve been particularly impressed with the smaller practices that are playing key roles within the shortlisted teams.”
Peabody Executive Director Thamesmead, John Lewis, said: “Thamesmead is a remarkable place and the project we are working on will require a remarkable team of masterplanners.
“We’ve been very encouraged by the work we’ve seen so far and look forward to announcing a winning team later this year.”