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British teams make Doha regeneration shortlist

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Five teams of British architects have been shortlisted in a competition to regenerate an ancient part of Doha

The selected teams will join local designers for a week-long design residency in the Qatari capital later this month.

They will explore the process of regeneration and the potential for incorporating the heritage and history of the area into their designs.

Billions of pounds are being invested to transform Old Doha, and the winning team will be awarded the Old Doha Prize and a grant of £15,000 to further develop the idea.

The shortlist

The contest is being run by the British Council.

Applications were assessed by a judging panel on their response to cultural heritage and contemporary design; how they might benefit from the programme; experience and knowledge; how well ideas were presented; and the relevance of their previous work.

Qatar is gearing up to host the 2022 World Cup and has been highlighted as a boom market for UK architects.

The country was described last year by HOK London chief Barry Hughes as the ‘premiership’ of building design.

London-based PLP this year registered premises in the Qatari capital to service projects in the country.

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