The London-based practice was named as the only British firm among the finalists in the contest to oversee the £64 million overhaul of Antwerp’s provincial local government headquarters.
The 39,000m² project aims to ‘refurbish or replace’ the existing Provinciehuis and create a new administrative complex in the ‘nineteenth-century belt’ between the Belgian port’s canals and city ring road.
The practice is competing against local architects Beel & Achtergael-Technum, Dutch outfit Benthem Crouwel Architekten and TV Aires Mateus & Associados/Proap/Wit Architectenvennootschap of Portugal.
Meanwhile the firm has also made it into the final of the competition to design a new rural gallery in the Nordland National Park, Norway.
The building is to be dedicated to artists Per Adde and Kajsa Zetterquist – two Swedish-born artists who emigrated to Norway in the 1960s ‘where their work has been central to the formulation of arts policy and art education’ in the north of the country.
Fretton, the chair of Architectural Design & Interiors at the Technical University of Delft, Holland is hoping the contests will land him yet another success in mainland Europe. His practice is already working on the British Embassy in Poland and his Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Lolland, Denmark was recently nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture 2009 (pictured).