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Up-and-coming practices vie for Royal Armouries project

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A quartet of rising stars has been shortlisted to rework Leeds Royal Armouries’ main entrance - known as The Street.

The shortlist includes Featherstone Associates, which recently won a Maggie’s centre competition after wowing the panel of high-profile judges with its ‘theoretical pitch’ (Featherstone wins Maggie’s Centre comp).Young guns AOC, currently designing the new London International Festival of Theatre (Lift) ‘Parliament’, on London’s South Bank, and Alex Graef Associated Architects are also on board.And Ex-Foster and Partners staffer Jan Landolt and former John McAslan & Partners director Adam Brown make up the four, with their practice Landolt Brown.Each firm is to receive an honorarium of 3,000 to work up designs for ‘The Street’, which gives public access to the museum’s exhibition, shop, caf頡nd bistro.According to the RIBA competition brief, the area ‘lacks a visitor-friendly entrance’. The brief says: ‘What is required is an obvious and welcoming focal point where guests can be helped and directed toward their particular purpose or interest.’A winner is expected to be announced in early May.by Clive Walker

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