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Purcell and Stantec win Canada House overhaul jackpot

The Canadian government has chosen Purcell and design giants Stantec to mastermind the £10.3 million revamp of Canada House in Trafalgar Square

The landmark - built in 1827 by Robert Smirke - will be overhauled along with its neighbour 2-4 Cockspur Street as part of plans to create a new home for the Canadian High Commission in London. The commission is set to move out of its existing headquarters in Grosvenor Square next year.

It is understood the practice, ranked 13th in this year’s AJ100, and the Canadian-based consultancy was chosen from a five-strong shortlist, with a collaboration between John Robertson Architects and Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects coming a close second.

The commission is described as ‘an architectural, engineering and interior design contract to provide complete design services for the reconfiguration and renovation of the new Canada House.’ 

An exact future timescale is not yet known.

Speaking about his runner-up spot, John Robertson said: ’ We were obviously disappointed [to come second], however we were pleased to participate in what was a very rigorous and well organised selection process by DFIAT.

Previous story (AJ 15.03.2013)

Major contest launched for overhaul of London’s Canada House

The Canadian government has begun the search for a design team to mastermind the £10.3 million revamp of Canada House in Trafalgar Square

The landmark - built in 1827 by Robert Smirke - will be overhauled along with its neighbour 2-4 Cockspur Street as part of plans to create a new home for the Canadian High Commission in London. The commission is set to move out of its existing headquarters in Grosvenor Square next year.

Last month it emerged the Government of Canada was again looking to sell off its Macdonald House embassy building in Mayfair, West London, for around £150 million and ‘consolidate its presence’ in Trafalgar Square - currently the commission’s cultural headquarters in the UK.

The project will combine the 5,000m² of ‘usable’ space and 1,200m² metres of plant and building support spread across five floors of 2-4 Cockspur Street with 1,800m² of space in Canada House.

Teams must include professionals with ‘appropriate certifications and the relevant professional experience’ and ‘be fully licensed to practice’ in Canada and the UK.

A winner is expected to be announced next month and the scheme is scheduled to start on site in 2014.

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