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Hadid and Foster in running to transform 'Harrods of Bayswater'

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Zaha Hadid and Foster & Partners have been named on a four-strong shortlist for the multimillion project to overhaul the grade II-listed Whiteleys shopping centre in Bayswater, west London

Ken Shuttleworth’s practice Make and Stiff + Trevillion are also in the running to land the revamp of the once prestigious department store which was converted into a mall in the late 1980s.

The building was bought last year by real estate investors Meyer Bergman for £115million. The ‘off market deal’ was backed by a private office of the Brunei royal family.

It is understood the scheme is part of a wider £500million plan, also funded by money from Brunei, to transform Queensway into a ‘the Covent Garden of west London’.

The proposals for the 1911 Whiteleys building, which was designed by John Belcher and John James Joass, aim to significantly revamp the centre.

When it first opened, the building was shop was seen as ‘the height of luxury’ and included both a theatre and a rooftop golf-course.

The store closed in 1980 and was empty for a number of years before it re-opened as a shopping mall in 1989.

A spokesman for Whiteleys said: ‘We are currently reviewing concepts from a number of leading architects as we look at the next step of our transformation plans for Whiteleys.’

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