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Chipperfield lands star role in BFI's new South Bank centre

Head of capital projects for the British Film Institute Ian Temple said last week that he firmly expects building work on its new film centre to begin in a year's time on London's South Bank, after David Chipperfield Architects won the competition to design it.

Chipperfield beat Erick van Egeraat Architects and Panter Hudspith Architects to design the 19,000m 2interior of the new building. 'This is a complex site, but we would not have appointed David Chipperfield if we weren't confident that the work would go ahead, ' said Temple.

The new film centre will occupy a section of the building on Jubilee Gardens, planned as part of the redevelopment of the South Bank Centre (SBC). And SBC expects to appoint either Foreign Office Architects or Rafael Vi±oly, as architect for the building, towards the end of September.

The centre will bring together all the BFI's public facilities on one site for the first time. Plans include a new five-screen National Film Theatre, an education complex and a new Museum of the Moving Image. SBC will be responsible for the construction of the building shell, while the BFI will oversee work on the interior. It hopes to raise finance for the project through Lottery grants, private funding and the sale of its building off Tottenham Court Road, estimated to be worth up to £14 million.

SBC, whose chief executive Karsten Witt said last week he is resigning, expects to submit a planning application to Lambeth council next summer for the new Jubilee Gardens building.

The project architect for the South Bank masterplan, Peter Culley of Rick Mather Architects, said that the redevelopment of the Jubilee Gardens site was extremely complex, because of the volume of people who use the centre, and the number of different groups with interests in the site.

He said: 'We are optimistic that the Jubilee Gardens scheme will go ahead. Once the architect has been appointed next month, we plan to move ahead and work up a detailed planning scheme.'

The decision between Foreign Office Architects and Rafael Vi±oly had been expected in July. But because David Chipperfield was on the selection jury, it was decided to postpone until after the BFI competition had been resolved.

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