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Finalists named in contest for new RIBA learning centre

Portland Place
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Five practices have been shortlisted by the RIBA in a competition to design a learning centre at the institute’s Portland Place headquarters

The Clore Learning Centre contest called for creative ideas for a dedicated studio, study room, terrace and display area inside the RIBA’s central London home.

The five shortlisted teams which will now work up more detailed designs are AOC Architecture, Coffey Architects, Delvendahl Martin Architects, Featherstone Young, and Hayhurst & Co.

RIBA head of learning Elizabeth Grant said: ‘We are thrilled by the sheer enthusiasm for the new Clore Learning Centre among our membership, which was evident in the range of thoughtful and creative responses we had to the competition.”

Designed by George Grey Wornum, 66 Portland Place was opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1934 as a purpose-built venue for the RIBA. Its public facilities include a library, bookshop, café and bistro.

Carmody Groarke with Julian Harrap completed a  £900,000 exhibition space inside the building three years ago, while Theis + Khan created a £2.9 million annex for the institute at neighbouring 76 Portland Place.

In November last year, the RIBA appointed former Aedas director Sarah Williams to carry out a strategic review of options for the future use of 66 Portland Place.

The latest project will support the RIBA’s objective to engage school children in architecture and to promote its collections to audiences of all backgrounds and ages.

The winner of the competition is expected in early October 2017.

The shortlist

• AOC Architecture
• Coffey Architects
• Delvendahl Martin Architects
• Featherstone Young
• Hayhurst & Co

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