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DLA Architects' lands Northwich Cultural Centre

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DLA Architects’ design has been chosen for the multi-million pound Northwich Cultural Centre

Judges from Vale Royal Borough Council and RIBA approved the project, known as ‘The Salt Market’ over four other firms who were vying for the site located at the Barons Quay Waterfront.

The other firms who entered the competition included the Dutch firms Atelier MS and NOX, Manchester-based practice Jefferson Sheard Architects and the University of Edinburgh’s ‘research-orientated atelier for art and architecture’ Metis, founded by Mark Dorrian and Adrian Hawker.

The proposed timber-framed structure is designed to represent an ‘Agora’, the Roman name for trading place.

DLA expect to get together for a design team meeting in the coming weeks to move the project forward.

The AJ exclusively revealed images of the five finalists on 18 March 26, which were chosen from more than 100 entrants, who were competing to design the new community arts centre in the Cheshire town.

The win is a welcome boost for the firm, which in late March saw the £200 million Trinity Walk scheme stall as the developer Modus entered administration.

John Orrell, group director, DLA Architects told the AJ: ‘We have no comment at the present time, except to say that we understand an enormous effort is going on behind the scenes and we are optimistic that the scheme will not remain at a standstill for long.’

Postscript - May 2011

The Northwich Cultural Centre was not pursued as the Council did not have the funding to carry the project forward


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