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Shortlist revealed for Johnson Matthey innovation centre

Johnson Matthey, Reading
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The RIBA has named the four teams shortlisted to design a £6 million innovation centre for chemicals giant Johnson Matthey near Reading

The finalists chosen to proceed to the next round of the competition are Design Engine Architects, Hawkins\Brown, Napier Clarke and WilkinsonEyre.

The winning multidisciplinary team will create the centre for the FTSE 100 company, which specialises in chemicals and sustainable technologies such as emission control catalysts for vehicles.

The project will deliver an ‘innovative and flexible’ facility where the company can work with customers to deliver new products on its main site within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The new ‘statement building’ will be expected to create a high-quality visitor experience at the Sonning site and target BREAAM Outstanding.

The four practices will now be invited to draw up design concepts and present to the judging panel on 24 October. Jo Wright from Arup Architecture will oversee the competition as RIBA architect adviser.

Wright said: ‘We received a fantastic range of first stage submissions and, after lots of energetic debate, we have arrived at a great shortlist. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they respond to the challenge of delivering an iconic sustainable innovation centre for Johnson Matthey.’

The full shortlist

  • Design Engine Architects with SWECO, Eckersley O’Callaghan and LUC
  • Hawkins\Brown with Buro Happold and B|D Landscape
  • Napier Clarke with Atelier Ten, Expedition Engineering and Grant Associates
  • Wilkinson Eyre with Buro Happold and Churchman Landscape Architects
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