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‘Other priorities’ stall Yorkshire pavilion contest

Yorkshire Forward has placed the high-profile competition to design its new £650,000 ‘flagship’ portable pavilion on hold.

The regional development agency unveiled a shortlist of five competition designs in the AJ last October (AJ 30.10.08) and was expected to name a winner shortly afterwards.

But, more than six months later, there has still been no official announcement and it is now understood that the whole scheme has been pushed back while the agency concentrates on ‘other priorities’.

A ‘very frustrated’ Jim Dodson of finalist Various Architects (whose scheme is pictured) said: ‘It is one thing to put a project like that on hold but it is very poor practice not to announce a winner.

‘[We believe] the jury has made its decision and reported to the Yorkshire Forward board. I don’t see why they can’t just announce a winner.’

The other shortlisted firms were Liverpool’s ShedKM, Bristol firm 67 Design, London-based WHAT_architecture and joint entrants Andrew Lock and Jonathan Rennie, who, it is believed, were asked to supply further information about their design. 

More than 90 firms entered the RIBA-organised contest to ‘develop an inspirational and demountable structure’ to tour the Yorkshire and Humber region.

A spokesperson for Yorkshire Forward said: ‘As a regional development agency we have other priorities, so the scheme isn’t being progressed as quickly as we hoped.

‘We are currently expanding the objectives for the pavilion now that we are able to appreciate the potential of the structure across the full range of Yorkshire Forward’s programmes.’

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