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Stirling Prize-winner shortlisted for Cambridge college dining hall

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This year’s Stirling Prize-winner, Caruso St John, is among the five teams competing for a new £7 million dining hall at Homerton College, Cambridge

Feilden Fowles, dRMM, Hall McKnight and Walters & Cohen Architects complete the shortlist of firms in the invited design competition, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.

The UK-only finalists were chosen from a 24-strong longlist, which included up-and-coming practices vPPR, Baynes and Mitchell Architects, Denizen Works and Roz Barr Architects.

More than 150 architects sent declarations of interest to participate in the unique invited contest, which harnessed an innovative call for fresh talent.

The five teams will now draw up detailed concept designs for the new 300-person dining hall which will feature supporting facilities, including a kitchen and back-office areas.

Homerton College bursar Deborah Griffin said: ‘We are delighted with the competition process and the diversity of the shortlist.

‘We appreciated that all of the long-listed teams visited the site and showed great care and attention to detail in their responses. But, ultimately, the five finalists’ connection with the project shone through strongly.’

David Hamilton of Malcolm Reading Consultants added: ‘What made the difference between reaching the long list and the shortlist? It came down to an understanding of, and empathy with, the client as an institution, a genuine focus on working in collaboration and an initial response that emphasised both the inspirational and the practical.’

The shortlist

  • Caruso St John Architects
  • dRMM
  • Feilden Fowles
  • Hall McKnight
  • Walters & Cohen Architects

Homerton College was founded in 1768 in London; relocated to Cambridge in the 1890s, and is today one of the only Cambridge colleges able to house all its undergraduates on site for four years.

An £8.5 million accommodation block designed by Martindales Architects will complete on the campus later this year.

All shortlisted proposals will feature in a pubic exhibition inside the college in December. A winner will be announced in late January and the 1,400m² project is expected to start on site in 2018.

 The longlist

  • Adam Khan Architects
  • Baynes and Mitchell Architects
  • Caruso St John Architects
  • Coffey Architects
  • Denizen Works
  • Design Engine Architects
  • dRMM
  • Duggan Morris Architects
  • Feilden Fowles
  • Feilden + Mawson
  • fjmt studio
  • Gianni Botsford Architects
  • Hall McKnight
  • Hugh Broughton Architects
  • MaccreanorLavington
  • Mole Architects
  • Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • Orms
  • Richard Murphy Architects
  • Roz Barr Architects
  • Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • Saunders Architecture
  • vPPR Architects
  • Walters & Cohen Architects




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