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Winner of Homerton College dining hall scheme announced

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Emerging practice Feilden Fowles has won a competition run by Malcolm Reading Consultants to design a £7 million dining hall for Homerton College, University of Cambridge

The London-based practice saw off a shortlist that included dRMM, which came second in the competition; last year’s Stirling Prize winner Caruso St John; Hall McKnight; and Walters & Cohen.

Fergus Feilden, director of Feilden Fowles, said: ’We feel very honoured to be given the opportunity ahead of more established practices, and feel it reflects the genuine openness of the competition process, as well as the college’s belief in investing in young talent.

‘The project offers a unique chance to create a transformational space at the heart of an already stunning site. This is a privilege we do not take lightly and we are determined to deliver a world-class facility.’

Some 155 practices registered their interest in the competition at the first stage, with 24 selected for the long list.

Feilden Fowles’ design features masonry piers and a faience and glass corona, while the scheme also includes new kitchens and support spaces.

Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants said: ‘Feilden Fowles is rapidly making a name for itself as an emerging force, with a reputation for delivering exemplary projects in highly sensitive and challenging historic settings.

’Feilden Fowles is rapidly making a name for itself for delivering exemplary projects in highly sensitive and challenging historic settings’

‘The practice has won numerous awards including three RIBA Awards, a Civic Trust Award and a RICS Community Benefit Award.’

Feilden Fowles will now work with the college to develop the design concept, with work set to start on site in the second quarter of 2018 to mark the college’s 250th anniversary. 

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