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Foster and Chipperfield in race for landmark Sydney tower

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Foster + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects are among seven practices shortlisted to design a £890 million office skyscraper in Sydney

The UK firms are up against Australia’s BVN and Hassell, and US giants HOK, KPF and SOM in the race for the waterfront commission.

The 248m-tall project, for developer Lend Lease, will transform a key site at 182 George Street, overlooking Circular Quay and Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.

The competition seeks proposals for both the tower – expected to be the tallest in Australia – and a surrounding masterplan.

The contest is the latest to be held for Sydney’s prominent waterfront commercial district, which is poised for major regeneration.

Earlier this year, Kengo Kuma won a competition for a 57-storey residential skyscraper and 28-storey hotel tower next to the Lend Lease site. The £600 million quayside project, for Chinese developer Wanda, is due to start on site in 2018.

Meanwhile 3XN is designing Quay Quarter Tower, a 49-storey office tower nearby, having defeated SANAA and MVRDV in a design contest two years ago. The project for AMP Capital is also due to start in 2018.

The Lend Lease competition will be judged by representatives from the developer and the City of Sydney, with a winner set to be announced in December.

The full shortlist

  • BVN
  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • Foster + Partners with Architectus
  • HOK with PTW
  • KPF with AJC
  • SOM with Fender Katsalidis Architects
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