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Clutch of starlets make Windermere Museum shortlist


Carmody Groarke, Adam Khan, 6a Architects and Witherford Watson Mann Architects have been named on an impressive eight-strong shortlist for the £5.3 million Windermere Steamboat Museum

The quartet of up-and-coming practices is joined by Sutherland Hussey, Reiach and Hall, Niall McLaughlin and Terry Pawson among the finalists in the RIBA-organised contest.

The competition is effectively a re-run of an earlier competition in October 2009 for a larger £24.7 million visitor centre which was tendered as an OJEU but subsequently collapsed due to a funding shortage.

More than 110 exprressions of interest were received for the new project which aims to create an ‘exciting and active museum’ on the shores of Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park. 

The Lakeland Arts Trust recently secured initial support for a £7.4million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid, including £494,000 development funding, to take the project forward. The teams have until October to draw up their design concepts and will receive an honorarium payment of £2,500 (+VAT).

The teams will reveal their proposals to the judging panel, which includes Stuart McKnight of McInnes Usher McKnight Architects, Roger Tempest of Rural Conceps Group, Kim Wilkie of Kim Wilkie Associates and Ellis Woodman the editor of Building Design Magazine, in October.

The full shortlist:

- Carmody Groarke
- Adam Khan Architects
- Niall McLaughlin Architects
- Terry Pawson Architects
- Reiach and Hall Architects
- 6a Architects
- Sutherland Hussey Architects
- Witherford Watson Mann Architects




Readers' comments (2)

  • The problem with the RIBA two stage competition approach rather than a simple one stage anonymous competition is that you know the result, its a waste of time applying if they don't already know you you are. That list could have been written without the need for the other 102 people to waste time and manpower filling in forms. Harry Rich doesn't like architects working for free, but we'd rather design something in a coupld of days for free than fill out a form that often takes the same amount of time. Bring back the open competition format!.

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  • Interesting that as people are petitioning against procurement processes that favour the 'big firms' we get a shortlist that shows how competitions do exactly the opposite ...

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