Maccreanor Lavington Architects and Make are among a shortlist of five practices battling it out to design an affordable-housing project on the 1.2ha Greyhound Opening site in Norwich.
The two firms will be up against Letts Wheeler Architects, Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects and ShedKM. The shortlisted firms will be asked to submit design proposals and a winner will be announced in January 2009.
More than 100 expressions of interest were received from architects based in the UK, Ireland, Japan and the Netherlands.
Clare Wright of Wright & Wright Architects, who sat on the judging panel, said: ‘This should be an excellent built project one day.
'There is a very strong and experienced team of local authority, housing associations, project manager and contractor already in place. They want the magic ingredient a good architect can bring and team members were very thorough in their contribution to choosing who that might be.’
Ben Webster, Norwich City Council design quality manager, said: ‘We are excited by the calibre of the architects who want to work with us to create wonderful new homes at Greyhound Opening.’