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Competition for Commonwealth Institute imminent

The developer behind the proposed high-profile overhaul of the London’s iconic Commonwealth Institute has revealed it intends to launch a contest to find an architect to mastermind the project.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Chelsfield Partners’ deputy head Stuart Lipton said the search for a new design team to look at revamping the Grade II*-listed post-war landmark would start next February.

Back in September it emerged Foster + Partners – which had been rumoured to take on the development – would not be asked to continue working on plans for the 1962 building, with is famous tent-like main block.

The move is the latest twist in the long-running saga surrounding the complex in Kensington, including tales of a leaking roof and murmurs that the Modernist gem could be flattened after the government suggested delisting the building (8 March 2007).

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