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Chipperfield dropped from Geffrye Museum overhaul

The Geffrye Museum is seeking a new architect to extend its Grade I-listed home in east London

The high-profile museum of domestic interiors today announced it was abandoning redevelopment plans drawn up by David Chipperfield.

The move comes five months after Hackney Council turned down the RIBA Gold Medallist’s £18.9 million expansion, which controversially included the demolition of a nearby former pub.

Museum director David Dewing said: ‘We have enjoyed a very productive relationship with David Chipperfield Architects. But sadly, the scheme we worked up together failed to secure planning permission. So in discussion with David Chipperfield, we feel a fresh start is needed.

‘We will be selecting new architects with a modified brief in the coming months and submitting a new application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

‘We are feeling confident and reinvigorated about taking the project forward for the benefit of our visitors in Hackney and beyond.’

The new development will be based on Chipperfield’s 2010 masterplan for the historic site which features at its centre the former almshouses of the Ironmongers company built in 1714. Featuring new galleries, a library and a restaurant; the revised project will also seek to integrate the nearby pub into the design.

Chipperfield beat a five-strong shortlist including Wilkinson Eyre, Dixon Jones and Stanton Williams, to win the job to masterplan the 2,500m² project in July 2009. The redevelopment was originally planned to complete in 2015.

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  • I do hope you will perhaps consider applications from smaller, architectural practices, those who are less publically renowned as 'big name' practices in the near future, alternates who have an intense affiliation with the arts with historic refurbishment projects, perhaps even more deeply than Chippererfield himself.

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