An all-star longlist featuring more than 100 firms and designers have been published for the £8 billion Thamesmead Waterfront development.

Peabody and Lendlease are leading the 250 acre development in south east London which they say has the capacity for thousands of new homes and significant commercial and leisure space.

Set amongst the lakes, green space and over a mile of undeveloped river frontage, the Thamesmead Waterfront project focuses on the land next to the Thamesmead Estate.

The 10 longlisted teams, formed of over 100 firms and individuals, were announced in January after winning the Masterplanning competition. They include six AJ 40 under 40 emerging practices among other major industry names.

John Lewis, Peabody’s Executive Director Thamesmead, said: “We are delighted with the response to this hugely exciting opportunity.

"The quality of thinking behind each submission was incredibly high, and we’ve enjoyed discussing some wonderfully innovative approaches to the opportunities and challenges that this special project presents.

"We are grateful to everybody who took the time to make a submission. All of the teams we’ve selected have demonstrated a really strong commitment to working collaboratively with Thamesmead’s communities to create a fantastic place for the future.”

Bek Seeley, Managing Director of Development for Lendlease in Europe, said:

“Our longlisted teams’ submissions explored a range of themes and displayed great enthusiasm and passion for Thamesmead. They all clearly share our high ambitions for what can be achieved, and have thoughtfully considered the opportunities and challenges of the Waterfront. The assessment panel were really impressed with their creativity, design leadership skills and their ability to conceive something truly extraordinary for this project. We’re really looking forward to discussing the approaches further and sharing their plans when we get to the shortlisting stage.”

The Thamesmead Waterfront project will be the largest in Peabody’s history and collaborations which extend ‘opportunities to smaller, diverse practices and those with local knowledge’ were encouraged.

The competition was run by Colander Associates and the final announcement will be made in March.

The successful teams will meet with the Joint Venture this month to introduce their teams and discuss their submissions in more detail, before five teams are shortlisted to progress to Stage 2 of the competition.

Stage 2 will see further interviews and discussions with members of the Joint Venture Board and a panel of partners who will be working closely with Peabody and Lendlease on the project.

The full longlist is available here.