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Austin-Smith:Lord wins Hereford Buttermarket contest

A scheme designed by Austin-Smith:Lord (ASL) has been chosen as the winner in the RIBA’s Hereford Buttermarket competition

The proposal for the £8 million revamp of the historic market was selected ahead of designs by local practice RRA Architects, Ryder Architecture and Bromsgrove-based Troy Kidsley Architecture.

Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for economic development and community services, said: ‘The Buttermarket has enormous potential and we’re delighted with the quality of vision and the range of ideas which have come forward.

‘The winning entry has brought together many ideas, which some of the others suggested individually, and produced a wonderfully creative vision with innovative and thrilling use of the space available.’

Intriguingly the ASL scheme also won the AJ’s online poll, securing more than 39 per cent of the vote. The practice worked with DCA Consultants, Lee Wakemans and WSP on the submission. 

The local authority confirmed that ‘a process to establish a preferred developer [to take the scheme forward] was progressing’ and that an announcement on this was due later this Spring.

Winner: Hereford Buttermarket contest: Austin-Smith: Lord

Winner: Hereford Buttermarket contest: Austin-Smith: Lord, Cardiff

Previous story (AJ 27.01.11)

Buttermarket revamp contest: shortlisted designs revealed

The AJ can exclusively reveal designs by the four finalists in the contest for the £8 million revamp of Hereford’s historic Buttermarket

AJ100 big hitter Austin-Smith: Lord, has been shortlisted along with local practice RRA Architects, Ryder Architecture and Bromsgrove-based Troy Kidsley Architecture.

Launched last April, the Herefordshire Council and RIBA Competitions-backed contest was delayed by funding concerns and other initiatives in the city centre.

Entrants to the competition were asked to come up with ‘cutting edge and innovative designs’ for the overhaul of the Grade II-listed dairy market which houses more than 70 stalls.

Final judging will take place on 25 February 2011 with a winner due to be announced in March. Cast your vote on the AJ’s online poll right.

Readers' comments (3)

  • It great to finaly see some proposals for the buttermarket. Located in the centre of Hereford it should showcase and be an exampler of all that Herefordshire has to offer. We have fantastic local produce and some of the finest foods in the country. I love the proposal that focuses on this along with the presentation which obviously understands the intricate conditions of the historic city.

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  • ASL is easily the best design

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  • I really Love the Ryder Design, The use of natural light is fantastic and the building will have a great modern feel. The other designs seem to make the market fade into an out of town indoor shopping centre, and not the heart of the town which an indoor market should be.

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