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.
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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.