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Stirling Prize 2012: bookies make Hepworth favourite

Bookmaker William Hill is backing David Chipperfield to win his second Stirling Prize with his Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield

The architect, who scooped the prestigious architectural accolade with his Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach am Neckar in 2007, has been made outright favourite to win the 2012 prize at 3/1.

However Populous’ London Olympic Stadium and the centrepiece of next week’s 2012 Games is not rated by the bookmakers and has been named as the rank outsider with odds of 5/1.

The second favourite, according to William Hill, is the Sainsbury laboratory building in Cambridge by Stanton Williams. The practice is vying to win the £20,000 top prize for the first time as is O’Donnell + Tuomey which has now been shortlisted four times and is a good bet with odds of 4/1 offered on its highly-acclaimed Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

The 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize odds (22 July)

  • 3/1 - The Hepworth Wakefield by David Chipperfield
  • 7/2 - Sainsbury Laboratory by Stanton Williams
  • 4/1 - The Lyric Theatre by O’Donnell + Tuomey
  • 4/1 - New Court by OMA
  • 9/2 - Maggie’s Centre by OMA
  • 5/1 - London Olympic Stadium by Populous

Intriguingly the scheme AJ readers voted was their favourite to make the shortlist, Adam Khan’s Brockholes Visitor Centre, didn’t even appear among the finalists (see AJ 19.07.2012).

Last year the bookmaker laughed all the way to the bank after the surprise RIBA Stirling Prize victory for Zaha Hadid Architects (AJ 03.10.2011).

Almost two thirds of those betting on the annual architectural Oscar plumped for Hopkins’ Olympic Velodrome - the runaway favourite. Originally offered at 2/1, the odds on the London 2012 landmark to win were slashed to just 11/8 following a flurry of wagers in the run up to the 2011 prize ceremony.

Hadid’s ultimately victorious Evelyn Grace Academy was listed at a more generous 7/2 when the books closed before the announcement.

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