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Stirling betting remains slow, despite major wager on Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Bookmaker William Hill has confirmed that betting has remained slow on this year’s Stirling Prize, and said it has received just one sizeable wager – a £200 flutter on the Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

Despite this, the bookmaker is still placing Denton Corker Marshall’s (DCM's) cantilevered courthouse (7/2) just behind Allford Hall Monaghan Morris' (AHMM's) Westminster Academy, which it is posting as its 3/1 favourite.

The mystery gambler who stuck the double ton on the DCM scheme, clearly felt the William Hill odds were much more favourable than those at rival bookies Paddy Power. The Irish-based bookmaker has the court building as its clear frontrunner, pricing it at 8-13.

William Hill still believes substantial money will be gambled on the prize before the all-star, televised awards event which will be beamed from Liverpool on 11 October.

Rupert Adams, a spokesman for William Hill, said: ‘The last 24 hours are [always] busy – as are the first 12 hours. [But] We hope to see a good run late on.’

Reacting to the varying odds Simon Allford of AHMM said: ‘The fact that William Hill and Paddy Power see things very differently suggests that the Stirling Prize is the very much the Grand National of architecture.

‘In our position the smart thing to do would be to bet on our rivals – that way there is at least the possibility of financial rewards either way.’

The AJ presents the best odds on the market for the Stirling Prize:

• Manchester Civil Justice Centre: 7/2 (William Hill)
• Westminster Academy: 6/1 (Paddy Power)
• Nord Park Cable Railway: 4/1 (William Hill or Paddy Power)
• Accordia: 5/1 (William Hill or Paddy Power)
• Royal Festival Hall: 7/1 (Paddy Power)
• Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena: 10/1 (Paddy Power)

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