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Practices up for Gulbenkian Prize

The shortlist for this year's Gulbenkian Prize, which awards £100,000 to the museum or gallery showing the most impressive display of innovation and imagination, has been announced.

Four finalists have been chosen from a mix of architectural practices, including international heavyweight BDP, conservation expert Purcell Miller Tritton, and Long and Kentish in association with Colin St John Wilson.

A list of 10 was whittled down to the finalists, including BDP's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, which saw a £35 million restoration of Glasgow's famous gallery that was also nominated for this year's Doolan prize.

One of two entries by Purcell Miller Tritton is a £19 million transformation of Weston Park Museum, part of Sheffield's Galleries and Museum Trust, which was created with the help of the local community.

The practice's second entry is a treatment of George III's country retreat Kew Palace, which has been fully restored and recreated for visitors.

The final firm up for the £100,000 prize is Long and Kentish for Pallant House, home of one of the best collections of Modern British art, which had an £8.6 million extension created and designed with Colin St John Wilson.

The winner of the coveted prize will be announced on 24 May at the RIBA headquarters in London.

by Richard Vaughan

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