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Hadid misses out as final five for Whitworth Gallery named

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Zaha Hadid, Dixon Jones and Feilden Clegg Bradley have all failed to make it onto the final shortlist in the contest to revamp and extend the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester

However, Amanda Levete, Stanton Williams and Ted Cullinan are still in the running to win the much-anticipated RIBA-organised contest – the winner of which will land the prize project of overhauling the Grade-II listed gallery and designing a new addition to the building’s South-west side overlooking Whitworth Park.

The trio are joined by Haworth Tompkins and MUMA and have have until mid September 2009 to work on their concept designs. All five propoals will go on display in October and a winner will be announced in November.

Full contest shortlist

  • Amanda Levete Architects
  • Edward Cullinan Architects
  • Haworth Tompkins
  • MUMA
  • Stanton Williams

Update: 29 July

Zaha Hadid has been lined up alongside some of the country’s brightest lights on the longlist to extend and remodel the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester

The practice is joined on the impressive 10-strong longlist by the likes of Stirling Prize winner Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Eric Parry Architects, Amanda Levete Architects and up-and-coming practice Carmody Groake, which has teamed up with local outfit Stephenson Bell. 

The first stage of the RIBA-organised contest to overhaul the Grade-II listed gallery and build an addition to the South-west side overlooking Whitworth Park attracted a ‘phenomenal’ 139 expressions of interest.

All 10 practices will be interviewed by a jury panel from which a shortlist of five practices will be asked to draw up designs, to be submitted in September 2009. The winning proposal will be announced in November and will form the first stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

The full longlist

  • Amanda Levete Architects
  • Dixon Jones
  • Edward Cullinan Architects
  • Eric Parry Architects
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley
  • Haworth Tompkins
  • MUMA
  • Stanton Williams
  • Stephenson Bell with Carmody Groake
  • Zaha Hadid Architects

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New contest: Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery extension and revamp (15 June 2009)

The RIBA has launched a competition for an internal overhaul and extension to the Grade-II listed Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester

Contest backers, the Friends of the Whitworth, want to build an addition to the South-west facing side of the gallery, overlooking Whitworth Park, and to expand the display space, improve facilities for visitors and ‘improve the efficiency of the existing building’.

The winning proposal will form the first stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Initial application will be by expression of interest – due 2.00pm on Wednesday 15 July 2009 – from which a shortlist of five practices will be asked to produce concept designs. Each of the finalists will receive an honorarium of £5,000.

Interested architects should contact the RIBA Competitions Office for a preliminary briefing paper or download it from www.architecture.com/competitions

 

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