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Final six selected for AJ/Crown Estate Future Office contest

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Chetwoods and Zaha Hadid Architects among those chosen to participate in a day-long Crown Estate charrette

Six architects have been selected to take part in the final stage of the AJ/Crown Estate Future Office contest – a one-day charrette taking place on 1 November.

Zaha Hadid Architects, drummond.lawlor, Emrys Architects, Threefold Architects, Chetwoods Architects and Ben Adams Architects were selected by a judging panel from a shortlist of 10 teams and will each now receive £1,000 honorariums for their time.

Almost 80 teams entered the first stage of the competition, exceeding expectations.

The open and free-to-enter competition asked entrants to consider how inspiring and effective workplaces will operate from 2020 onwards, based on changing ways of living and working, new technology and other factors such as traffic congestion and the impact of climate change.

The Crown Estate, whose central London portfolio features the whole of Regent Street and much of the St James’s district in Westminster, is currently investing £1.5 billion in regenerating this area at the heart of London’s West End.

The charrette will now focus on the Clydesdale Bank building in Regent’s Street and the six teams will visit the site the day before the charrette takes place.

The judging panel comprised James Cooksey and Jon Allgood from The Crown Estate, DSDHA director Deborah Saunt, workplace consultant and member of the Delos advisory board Despina Katsikakis and Will Hurst and Paul Finch of the AJ.

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