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Haworth Tompkins wins competition for new RCA Battersea site

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Haworth Tompkins has walked off with first prize in the competition to design a new building for the Royal College of Art (RCA) in Battersea, central London.

The Clerkenwell-based practice beat fellow finalists Feilden Clegg Bradley, Benson & Forsyth, Urban Salon and Keith Williams to win the RIBA-organised contest.

More than 65 practices from around Europe originally entered the competition to develop the college's Battersea Bridge Road site, adjacent to the college's existing Sculpture Building.

The RCA hopes the scheme will become a 'substantial second site', just two miles south of its main Kensington Gore campus, and will be used for teaching, research and business-related activities.

The judging panel included Spencer de Grey from Foster and Partners; Derek Walker of Derek Walker Associates; and a number of representatives from the RCA.

Speaking shortly after the shortlisting stage, Christopher Frayling, rector of the RCA, said: 'We had a terrific response to the competition and have selected a shortlist of five very varied practices.

'The college can now look forward, with every confidence, to working with a first-rate architect on the development of our much-needed North Site in Battersea: the competition has reached a very exciting stage.'

by Richard Waite

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