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Big money backs Chipperfield's Hepworth Gallery to win the Stirling Prize

Bookmaker William Hill is continuing to back David Chipperfield to win his second Stirling Prize with his Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield

The architect, who recently posted huge profits and has already won the architectural accolade with his Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar in 2007, was made outright favourite to win the 2012 prize at 3/1 when the shortlist was announced in July.

A spokeswoman for the bookmaker said the only major money that it had taken so far was for the RIBA Gold Medalist’s Wakefield art gallery. However the successful London Olympics had not tempted punters to throw money at Populous’ centrepiece stadium which is still the outsider with odds of 5/1.

The second favourite, according to William Hill, remains the Sainsbury laboratory building in Cambridge by Stanton Williams. The practice is vying to win the £20,000 top prize for the first time as is O’Donnell + Tuomey which has now been shortlisted four times and is a good bet with odds of 4/1 offered on its highly-acclaimed Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize odds (22 July)

  • 3/1 - The Hepworth Wakefield by David Chipperfield
  • 7/2 - Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams
  • 4/1 - The Lyric Theatre by O’Donnell + Tuomey
  • 4/1 - New Court by OMA
  • 9/2 - Maggie’s Centre by OMA
  • 5/1 - London Olympic Stadium by Populous

Last year the bookmaker laughed all the way to the bank after the surprise RIBA Stirling Prize victory for Zaha Hadid Architects (AJ 03.10.2011).

Almost two thirds of those betting on the annual architectural Oscar plumped for Hopkins’ Olympic Velodrome - the runaway favourite. Originally offered at 2/1, the odds on the London 2012 landmark to win were slashed to just 11/8 following a flurry of wagers in the run up to the 2011 prize ceremony.


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