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Huge British Museum competition to attract global starchitects

The British Museum in central London is set to trigger an architectural feeding frenzy with the unveiling of a massive new competition.

Launched today (14 November), the contest to find a designer to mastermind an £80 million revamp of the museum's special exhibition space is expected to attract some of the biggest names in architecture.

The proposals come just five years after Norman Foster completed his Stirling-shortlisted glass roof over the Great Court.

The competition organisers want to create at least 10,000m 2of state-of-the-art collection space, new care facilities, conservation laboratories, storage facilities and office space.

According to the OJEU notice, 'the selected architect will also be required to help the museum to complete its briefing process for the project and to assist in developing the project with interested external stakeholders, including English Heritage and the London Borough of Camden architectural design services.'

The deadline for tenders is 18 December.

An eventual winner of the five-year project will be chosen from a shortlist of six early next year.

For more information visit www.ted.europa.eu(reference 2006/S 216-232126)

by Richard Waite

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