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Contest launched to revamp Aberdeen's Marischal College - image

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A competition has been launched to find an architect-led team to overhaul Aberdeen's Grade A-listed Marischal College - Britain's largest granite building.

Aberdeen City Council, which is due to sign a deal to purchase the 19th-century landmark, wants to create 16,000m2 of new office space for its staff in the grandiose Victorian college building.

According to sources within the authority, the council is looking for an 'innovative and sustainable' design which will retain the impressive facade while completely revamping the soon-to-be-demolished interiors.

The council hopes its plans - unveiled as an OJEU notice on Saturday (26.05.07) - will be more successful than previous attempts to revitalise the college.

Over the years a number of proposals have fallen by the wayside, including plans to turn it into a hotel and a scheme for 'a new world headquarters office complex' on the site by the Edinburgh-based practice Hugh Martin Partnership.

Interest in the new competition is already high - four practices registered their claims to the job within minutes of the OJEU being published.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 3 July and an eventual winner is expected to be announced in September.

For more information visit www.ted.europa.eu (2007/s 100-123617)

by Richard Waite

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