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Top names in frame for new Jewish Centre

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Some of the architectural world's biggest names will compete to design a flagship Jewish Community Centre (JCC) in London.

The four shortlisted practices are Rafael Viñoly Architects, Foreign Office Architects, Lifschutz Davidson and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

The new 7,000m 2building will be located in north London, and will accommodate a 'wide range of educational, social, health and recreational activities for the Jewish and wider communities'.

Nick Viner, chief executive of the JCC, said: 'We are very excited by the chance to make the JCC vision a reality in London.

'We are looking for a state-of-the-art building in terms of design, technology and sustainability and we are delighted that we have attracted such an internationally celebrated shortlist.

'This fits with our mission of creating a building which will be a magnet for all sections of our community,' he added. 'The advantage of one building as a hub is that it provides so many more opportunities for the mixing of people, ideas, events and activities.'

The four practices will go in front of a select committee including Ricky Burdett and Frank Duffy, and the winner will be announced next spring.

by Richard Vaughan

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