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Competition launched for London's Jewish Centre

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A high-profile search has been launched to find an architect to design the new Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in north London.

The organisers hope the new 7,000m 2building in Finchley Road will be similar in 'scale, scope and architectural ambition' to the much acclaimed JCC in Manhattan (pictured below).

The proposed development will house a wide range of cultural, educational, social and athletic activities - for use by both the Jewish and the wider community in London.

A panel of big hitters has been assembled to judge the selection of a designer, including Venice Biennale curator Ricky Burdett, major art philanthropist Vivien Duffield and CABE Commissioner Paul Finch.

Finch is certain the competition will be popular. He said: 'I'm sure this project will capture the imagination of many of London's, and indeed Europe's, architects interested in cultural commissions.

'It's a very good site and an opportunity for an excellent contemporary piece of architecture.'

For more information contact Nick Viner at the JCC on 020 7722 5080 or email Juliet@jewishcommunitycentre.org.uk

Other details about the contest can be found at www.ted.europa.eu(OJEU number 2006s 157-169760).

The deadline for entries is 22 September.

by Richard Waite

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