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Stars lined up for St Paul's revamp

St Paul's School in west London, one of Britain's most famous public schools, has unveiled a glittering longlist for the competition to find a scheme for the first phase of its rebuilding.

The school's governors have invited Allies and Morrison, David Chipperfield Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Nicholas Hare Architects, Porphyrios Associates, Rafael Moneo, Stanton Williams, Dixon Jones and Wright & Wright to bid for the project.

The winner will draw up extensive proposals for 40,000m 2 of the school's 18ha riverfront site, immediately to the west of Hammersmith Bridge.

The brief demands that these designs work within a masterplan for the whole site drawn up by Patel Taylor in 2003.

The final stage of the selection exercise will involve competitive interviews.

Major new buildings are likely to include an assembly hall and chapel, a science centre, a boathouse/pavilion/visitors' facility, a new music building and residential accommodation.

Most of the school's current buildings were constructed in 1968 using the CLASP prefabricated system.

The brief for the new buildings will be issued at the end of this month and the interviews will take place in April.

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