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Bath University launches arts complex competition

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The University of Bath has launched a competition to find an architect to design a new arts complex for its Claverton Down campus.

Part of a larger overhaul of the university's existing building stock, the winning scheme will replace the Institute of Contemporary and Interdisciplinary Arts' current facilities.

The new centre, which will also allow the institute space for 'significant expansion', will sit on a prominent plot next to the arts lecture theatre.

Organised by the RIBA, the contest is expected to attract a wealth of interest from practices, and the university hopes the victorious designer will be able to deliver a building 'of the highest architectural quality'.

Speaking recently about the ongoing development of the campus - which includes a new £21 million student housing project - Patrick Finch, director of estates, said 'Although the University has made a considerable investment in the improvement of facilities at Claverton Down over the past six years, this current round of activity is probably the biggest individual phase yet undertaken.

'It is also distinguished by the university's commitment to sustainable construction, with an emphasis on the use of green technologies and sector-leading energy performance.'

Five practices will eventually be shortlisted to draw up initial sketches, and the deadline for submissions is 30 May 2007.

More information can be found at (www.ted.europa.eu, OJEU 2007/s 80-098155).

by Richard Waite

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