The Islington Council, in collaboration with the Royal Institute of British Architects, is hosting a design competition for the new Finsbury Leisure Centre on the Bunhill ward site in south Islington, London. Five firms -- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Grimshaw, Hawkins\Brown, Pollard Thomas Edwards, and Henley Halebrown Rorrison -- have been shortlisted to present their proposals to the public. The proposals include designs for the new Leisure Centre, council homes, facilities for the community, and a public space. The shortlisted designs have been kept anonymous and are on display at the Finsbury Library for residents to view and comment on. Once a winner has been chosen, the community can further critique the design before a planning application is submitted. "This is an exciting and ambitious project to build much-needed new council homes and a new leisure centre for local people. We'd like local residents to see the initial design ideas and give us their views. We welcome all comments, and there will be other chances for residents to help influence the final design at a later stage," said Janet Burgess, Islington Council's executive member for health and wellbeing, in a press release.
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