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CF Moller and Re-Format win Portsmouth Institute of Marine Sciences project

A collaboration between multi-disciplinary practice Re-Format and CF Møller Architects has landed the contract to design the first phase of the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Marine Sciences

The project is a redevelopment of the existing facility in Eastney, presently housed in a series of former MoD buildings. The site is on a narrow peninsula of land at the inlet to Langstone Harbour, surrounded by sea on three sides.

The contract includes masterplanning of the 0.35 ha site to determine how the present and future phases will come together to provide teaching and research facilities for the University of Portsmouth.

The two practices have collaborated before. ‘Imagination’, the collaboration between Re-Format and C.F. Møller Architects are also currently working on two School projects Chase Bridge Primary School and St Stephen’s CE Junior School both in Twickenham, London Borough of Richmond.

Teva Hesse of CF Møller’s London office said ‘Architecture firms are so busy competing with each other that it’s hard for them to see that they can achieve more by grouping together - and it’s something that makes sense in difficult times.’

‘Together we are much stronger than we are seperate and I think our clients are recognising that we can offer a better level of service this way’.

The Institute of Marine Sciences project is the first outcome of the ‘Imagination’ collaboration, initiated in November 2008 to provide clients with
design and consultancy services leading to the creation of exemplary educational buildings.

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