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’.
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.’