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Niall McLaughlin wins college theatre job

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Stirling Prize-shortlisted practice sees off Hawkins\Brown, Ian Ritchie and Purcell Architects to take yet another prestigious Oxford scheme

Niall McLaughlin Architects has won a competition to build a new theatre for Worcester College, Oxford.

The London-based practice, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize with its Bishop Edward King Chapel just outside the city, saw off Hawkins\Brown, Ian Ritchie and Purcell Architects to land the commission.

The teams were asked to come up with proposals for a 160-seat theatre, flexible studio space, seminar rooms and a small bar for the ‘sensitive site’ within the curtilage of the college’s listed gardens.

McLaughlin said: ‘Our design seeks to resolve and improve the spaces between the new and old buildings, the gardens and the network of small courts that surround the site.’

Set to complete in early 2016, the proposed building will be named after Nazrin Shah, the eldest son of the Sultan of Perak, Malaysia, who is an alumnus of the college.

WINNER: Niall McLaughlin Architects' competition-winning Nazrin Shah Building at Worcester College, Oxford

WINNER: Niall McLaughlin Architects’ competition-winning Nazrin Shah Building at Worcester College, Oxford

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