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Grimshaw wins Dulwich College contest

Grimshaw Architects has seen off Amanda Levete Architects, Hopkins Architects, and Walters and Cohen in a contest to design Dulwich College’s new science building

The scheme for the nearly 400 year-old independent boys’ school in south London marks for the first phase of the masterplan drawn up by John McAslan + Partners and includes the ‘creative reuse’ of existing 1950s facilities.

The competition was organised by Caroline Cole at Colander with nine practices initially invited to submit expressions of interest. Four practices were then shortlisted to attend a competitive interview.

Judge and Master of Dulwich College Joe Spence said: ‘Grimshaw persuaded us all that they are dedicated to the job of ensuring that we will have an inspiring, practical science facility alongside the listed Barry building, ahead of our 400th Anniversary in 2019.

‘They have already revealed in our early dealings with them why they have such a reputation for innovation, craftsmanship and sustainability - and for ensuring that works of art are integral to their architectural plans. This last factor particularly excites us as we plan the renovation of our science
facilities.

He added: ‘The utter division of “the Two Cultures” has cost Britain dear and we’re determined to make an artistic statement in a science building to say that we understand the interdependency of the sciences and the arts.’

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Grimshaw’s team will be led by the firm’s managing partner, Jolyon Brewis, who lives in Dulwich and practice associate Richard Blackwell. Nicholas Grimshaw, President of the Royal Academy, has indicated to the college that ‘he will take a personal interest in the project as appropriate’.

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