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Emerging names make up York Guildhall finalists

Five relatively unknown practices have been shortlisted RIBA-organised ideas competition for the future of the city’s Guildhall and riverside complex

Chosen from just 36 entries, the finalists in the York Council-backed contest include Metropolitan Workshop-offshoot AU Studio, a team led by ex-Dixon Jones architect Robert Loader and London-based Jak Studio.

The shortlist is completed by Edinburgh’s Nicholas Mills Architect and a joint venture between Cumbria’s Sack and Reicher, ESC-studio, Collingridge and Smith Architects.

The design submissions which will go on anonymous display in the Marriott Room at York Explore Library, Museum Street from Sunday 25 November to Tuesday 27 November.

The shortlist in full

  • Architecture & Urbanism Studio (AU Studio), London
  • Jak Studio, London
  • Robert Loader Architect, London
  • Nicholas Mills Architect, Edinburgh
  • SEC JV (Sack and Reicher, ESC-studio, Collingridge and Smith Architects), Cumbria

Judging panel chair Keith Williams, said: ‘The competition elicited an excellent response from the profession. 36 submissions may not seem a high number but this was a particularly difficult task and the quality of the schemes received was for the most part exemplary. For the judges, arriving at the final cut was a far from easy task.

‘The five shortlisted schemes encompass a very diverse and intelligent set of design responses, each of which put across very clear strategies as to how this this extraordinary series of buildings and spaces could be transformed.’

The teams will present their designs to the judging panel at a final interview on 4 December 2012.

The winner will take home a £5,000 cash prize. The runners-up will share £7,000.

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