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Carmody Groarke and HAT on shortlist for £4m MOSI gallery

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Carmody Groarke and HAT Projects are among six outfits shortlisted for a new £4 million temporary exhibitions gallery inside Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Reiach and Hall, John McAslan & Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Adam Richards complete the shortlist of firms competing for the high-profile job.

The six finalists have until 12 October to tender and a series of interviews will take place at the end of that month.

MOSI director Sally MacDonald said: ‘We are thrilled with the standard and range of firms who expressed an initial interest in our design commission. The six successful shortlisted practices reflect such calibre and diversity – from award-winning and large international practices to smaller scale and emerging teams.’

She continued: ‘The creation of our Special Exhibitions Gallery will utterly transform the most historically significant part of our landmark site. The addition of this brand new, visually stunning space in the museum, in which to house globally significant and touring contemporary science exhibitions, symbolises Manchester’s growing reputation as an international city of science.’

Planned to complete in 2018, the 700m² project will create an ‘outstanding architectural space for temporary exhibitions’ within railway arches and the vaults of an 1830 warehouse.

London-based Platform 5 Architects completed a feasibility study for the exhibition space earlier this year.

The historic structure is part of the world’s oldest surviving railway station complex known as Manchester Liverpool Road.

The city centre museum – which is part of the London-based Science Museum Group – has occupied the Grade I-listed warehouse and former station since 1983.

Originally converted by Ian Simpson, the buildings received a £9.5 million overhaul by Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams Architects two years ago.

A judicial review of Network Rail’s ‘Ordsall Chord’ rail link – which will pass close to the west end of MOSI and see several historic railway structures demolished – is due to commence later this month.

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