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Comps insider: Fresh BFI venue contest looms

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Architects with dreams of landing a Thame-side national landmark could soon be in line for the blockbuster of an opportunity

The British Film Institute (BFI) has revived plans for a new £130 million venue on London’s South Bank and a high-profile design competition is understood to be on the horizon.

Planned to complete in 2022, the proposed International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image will occupy the prominent Hungerford Car Park site next to Jubilee Gardens.

Neighbouring the Grade I-listed Royal Festival Hall – the cultural icon will host three cinemas, a BFI archive, a giant zoetrope and a 6,500m² extension to the West 8-designed neighbouring green space.

The landmark project comes almost six years after an earlier contest for a BFI venue on the same site was axed in the Coalition’s comprehensive spending review.

It also coincides with the search for a design team to reinvent David Adjaye’s Mediatheque viewing room inside the BFI Southbank complex downstream.

Key to its revival is an £87 million ‘investment offer’ from a mystery bidder which is in the process of being formally accepted. Details of the investor – who will control naming rights and retail concessions – and the potential contest are expected to be revealed later this summer.

Meanwhile Haringey Council has begun its search for a development partner to regenerate an 11 hectare site next to Tottenham Hotspur’s under-construction Populous-designed stadium.

Dubbed High Road West – the £100 million project will create 1,400 new homes, a library and a large plaza connecting White Hart Lane Station to the new arena.

Drawn up following the 2011 riots, the contentious project demolishes the Peacock Industrial Estate and Love Lane council estate whose residents will be rehoused locally.

Interested bidders have until 12noon on 11 July to submit applications for the programme which has been masterplanned by Arup and S333.

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