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Starlets vie for Science Museum research centre

David Kohn, 6A Architects and Coffey Architects are among five rising stars competing for a new research centre at the Science Museum in London

HAT projects and 2013 Stirling Prize-winner Witherford Watson Mann Architects complete the shortlist for the high-profile £1 million refurbishment of an existing building.

Full shortlist:

  • 6A Architects
  • Coffey Architects
  • David Kohn Architects
  • HAT projects
  • Witherford Watson Mann Architects 

The new South Kensington building is expected to provide a ‘world-class environment for academic research’ and boost links between the museum’s display objects, library and archive collections.

Open to the public, the facility will also host research fellows, students and staff on learning secondments.

The development is part of the museum’s bid to refocus activity on research. The initiative coincides with the musem appointing 24 collaborative doctoral students, launching a new e-journal and starting fresh research projects into the history of science and technology.

The deadline for the next stage in the contest is 25 April. The project is expected to start on site this autumn and complete by 2015.

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