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Heneghan Peng bag Greenwich school of architecture

Ireland’s Heneghan Peng has seen off an impressive shortlist, including David Chipperfield and Rafael Viñoly, to win the contest to design the University of Greenwich’s new £60 million school of architecture

The practice also saw off Allies and Morrison, Bennetts Associates, Wilkinson Eyre, and Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen to land the prize project.

Nearly 80 firms entered the contest to draw up plans for the 17,000m² scheme which will sit on on a run-down 0.64ha site between Stockwell Street, Nevada Street and King William Walk, in Greenwich, London (pictured)

In a joint statement Roisin Heneghan and Shih-Fu Peng said: ‘It is a dream and a privilege for an architect to be given the opportunity to be a part of this project on such an important site in the town of Greenwich.

‘We look forward to working with the University of Greenwich and the local community to create a building that can provide a platform for the highest educational standards and make a positive contribution to the town and its residents.’

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Strong line-up vies for Greenwich school 2 July 2009

Seven big names shortlisted in competition to design university’s £60 million school of architecture

David Chipperfield and Rafael Viñoly have been named on an impressive seven-strong shortlist vying to design the University of Greenwich’s new £60 million school of architecture.

These two are joined by Allies and Morrison, Bennetts Associates, Wilkinson Eyre, Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Ireland’s Heneghan Peng Architects.

Nearly 80 firms submitted entries into the contest, which is being run through the OJEU tender process.

The winning practice will be asked to mastermind a 17,000m² scheme on a run-down 0.64ha site between Stockwell Street, Nevada Street and King William Walk, in Greenwich, London (pictured).

As well as the architecture school, the new building will include space for the university’s 7,000m² library, currently housed in the former infirmary building (1794), which was designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, surveyor to the Royal Naval Hospital.

The university’s head of estates, Peter Fotheringham, said: ‘The next stage is for the shortlisted practices to present their app­roaches to the design. We expect an architect to be appointed by August.’

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