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RCA shortlists architects for new sculpture building

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The shortlist in the competition to design a new sculpture building for the Royal College of Art (RCA) has been unveiled.

Among the five architect-led teams still in the running to land the project in Battersea, central London, is Benson + Forsyth - the unofficial winner of the still-unresolved Beamish Visitor Centre contest, which has been shrouded in controversy (AJ 26.09.06).

The other four finalists are: Feilden Clegg Bradley, Haworth Tompkins, Urban Salon and Keith Williams.

The competition attracted 65 expressions of interest from architectural practices across Europe.

Eight teams were chosen for interview by the jury panel from and the shortlisted five will now be asked to draw up design concepts for the new facility.

The judges included Spencer de Grey, from Foster and Partners; Derek Walker, of Derek Walker Associates; and representatives from the RCA.

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.'

The shortlisted teams are expected to present their design proposals to the judges later next month.

by Richard Waite

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