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Chippo and Rogers fight it out on all-star British Museum shortlist

David Chipperfield and Richard Rogers have been named among the six all-star finalists in the competition to mastermind the £80 million revamp of the British Museum's special exhibition space.

Bennetts Associates, Rick Mather Architects, Stanton Williams Architects and Wilkinson Eyre Architects have also been shortlisted in the high-profile contest launched by the central London museum last November (Huge British Museum competition to attract global starchitects).

The project, which has already been scheduled for completion in 2011, aims to create a new conservation management centre, storage facilities, office space as well 10,000m2 of state-of-the-art collection space at the museum's Great Russell Street home.

All six architectural practices, selected through the OJEU process, will now be invited to officially 'tender for the project'.

Interestingly Foster, which completed teh Great Court project for the museum six years ago, the last piece of radical restructuring, is not on the list.

Meanwhile up-and-coming practice Softroom has been named on a new framework of architects vying to land other projects around the British Museum site.

The other practices on the list are: BDP; HOK International; Purcell Miller Triton; Dannatt Johnson Architects; Devereux Architects; RMCA; and Frank Timothy Associates.

by Richard Waite

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