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Sergison Bates only UK finalist in Barcelona archives contest

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Sergison Bates has been shortlisted in an international competition to transform Barcelona’s 25,000m² Can Batlló industrial complex into a new city archive

The practice – working with local firm López Rivera Arquitectos – is the only UK firm to make the final round of the contest for the 19th-century textile mill in the city’s Sants-Montjuïc district.

Big names that entered but failed to make the cut include Kengo Kuma & Associates, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects.

The high-profile shortlisting is the latest of several for the practice, which is also in the running to transform Brussel’s Art Deco Citroën garage into a £105 million Pompidou Centre and to design a maritime museum in Antwerp. The winners of both contests have yet to be revealed.

Practice partner Stephen Bates said: ‘We look forward to working with López Rivera on this project in a city we have a long-standing connection with, but where we have not yet worked on large-scale projects.

‘The transformation of such a significant part of Barcelona’s industrial heritage is a unique opportunity and we are thrilled to have been shortlisted.’

The winning team will transform Can Batlló into an archive holding the city’s collection of historical documents, photographs and maps, currently spread across 21 different sites. It was also deliver exhibition areas, public spaces, a 200-seat auditorium and a café.

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