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Alison Brooks and RCKa on latest Science Museum shortlist

Science Museum in London. Image by Science Museum SSPL 2014
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Alison Brooks Architects and RCKa are among five teams shortlisted for a new events space inside the Science Museum’s South Kensington headquarters

Duggan Morris Architects, Originate Architects and Wright & Wright Architects complete the shortlist of firms competing for the high-profile £300,000 contract.

The full shortlist

  • Alison Brooks Architects
  • Duggan Morris Architects
  • Originate Architects
  • RCKa
  • Wright & Wright Architects

The winner will create a daytime events space on the fourth and fifth floors of the museum’s historic Richard Allison-designed main building.

According to the contract notice, the planned facility will ‘evoke the spirit of the museum and capitalise on the spectacular views across the London skyline.’

The document continued: ‘The new space will [also] allow the Museum to attract day time events clients and therefore generate income without competing with the museum’s cultural programme.’

The two levels are currently home to the Medicine Galleries which are relocating to the museum’s first floor under £24 million plans drawn up by Wilkinson Eyre.

The competition is the latest to emerge from the Science Museum’s £60 million regeneration masterplan which also includes a mathematics gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects, an interactive gallery by Muf and a new entrance by HAT Projects.

The first scheme in the masterplan – a library and research centre by Coffey Architects – completed in March.

The chosen lead consultant – set to be announced in July – will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 2 to 7 and the remaining design team will be appointed through the museum’s existing frameworks.

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