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Revealed: Diverse shortlist for King’s College London quadrangle

An eclectic shortlist including Zaha Hadid and two Spanish practices has been chosen for the £20 million overhaul of King’s College London’s main campus

The six finalists include Stirling Prize-shortlisted Eric Parry, Belfast-based Hall McKnight and Henley Halebrown Rorrison.

Barcelona-based outfit Carme Pinos Studio – headed by Carme Pinos the former wife of Enric Miralles - and unknown practice Barozzi Veiga Studio, also made the list. Neither has built in the UK before.

The project will regenerate the university’s Strand Quadrangle and transforming its undercroft into a 3,700m² study area, creating a ‘bridge’ between the university’s Robert Smirke-designed King’s Building and William Chambers’ Somerset House East Wing.

King’s College director of estates and facilities Ian Caldwell said: ‘We are very pleased with the variety and high standard of submissions and look forward to the development of an innovative, landmark design that will enhance the surrounding historic architecture’.

RIBA adviser Niall McLaughlin said: ‘The competition attracted a large number of high quality entries. The client was keen to explore a diverse range of approaches to the commission and chose a list of practices which will ensure an interesting variety of responses in the next stage of the competition. The list includes younger and more established practices as well as a balance of local and international architects.’

The six contenders will each receive a £5,000 (+VAT) honorarium to develop their proposals which are due mid-August. Final interviews are to be held at the beginning of September.

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