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Bookies Paddy Power and William Hill offer identical Stirling Prize odds

Bookmakers Paddy Power and William Hill have both named Denton Corker Marshall’s Manchester Civil Justice Centre as the 10-11 odds-on favourite to win this year’s Stirling Prize.

William Hill had, until recently, placed Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' (AHMM's) Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre as its 3/1 front runner (AJ 05.08.08).

But, in an interesting move, both turf accountants have now pulled their odds into line for all six shortlisted buildings, with AHMM’s school – in second place – being offered at 4-1.

A spokesman for William Hill admitted it had initially got the order ‘slightly wrong’ when the odds had first been put up resulting in ‘taking a lot of money early on’. However, since then there had only been ‘dribs and drabs’ of betting.

Meanwhile there has been no movement in the rest of the field, with Zaha Hadid’s Nord Park Cable Railway still in third place at 9-2, the Accordia housing scheme by Feilden Clegg Bradley, Maccreanor Lavington and Alison Brooks Architects at 5-1, Allies and Morrison’s Royal Festival Hall revamp at 10-1 and Grimshaw’s Bijlmer Arena Station in Amsterdam a rank outsider at 12-1.

The winner will be announced at a televised awards ceremony in Liverpool on 11 October.

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