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Chichester museum designer sought

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A competition has been launched to find a design for a new district museum in Chichester, West Sussex.


Entrants into the RIBA-run contest will also be asked to include private housing and 300m 2office space in their proposals for the Tower Street site in the heart of the historic town.



Chichester Distrist Council has set an initial budget of £3.34 million for the project.



The new museum will house ‘significant geological, archaeological and historical collections’ which will tell the story of the town’s Roman origins, its medieval history and its Georgian townscape.



According to a spokeswoman for the competition’s organisers ‘the museum will also function as a ‘heritage gateway’ to the district, encouraging visitors to explore it for themselves.



‘Chichester district [is] an area with one of the longest records of human-ancestor and human occupation in Britain, stretching back half a million years to the time of Boxgrove Man,’ the spokesman said.



The deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 15 August. The entries will be whittled down to just six finalists who will then be invited to take part in a competitive interview. An honorarium of £1,500 will be awarded to those on this shortlist.



Anyone interested in the contest should contact the RIBA Competitions Office for a preliminary briefing paper on 0113 2341335 or visit www.ribacompetitions.com



by Richard Waite

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