Studio Libeskind and David Chipperfield Architects are in competition to design a new home for the historic Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral. The AJ has learnt that both practices have been picked from among 67 others after a notice was placed in the Official Journal of the European Community earlier this year. Four other unnamed practices are thought to be in the running and a decision is expected today.
Church officials want to reduce the number of visitors passing through the cathedral itself and have asked the architects to produce broad ideas for schemes within the cathedral grounds rather than detailed designs. Sir William Whitfield has been appointed as masterplanner on the scheme. 'It's a scoping exercise to work out how we can better handle visitors to the Magna Carta in a place which is basically built for worship, ' said spokesman for the Dean and Chapter, Tony Ingham. The Magna Carta is a paper document which was drawn up by English barons and churchmen in 1215 to proclaim basic human rights which have since become a part of English law.