Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Zaha in running for £25m Bournemouth cultural quarter

Bournemouth Contest site photo
  • Comment

Zaha Hadid has been shortlisted in the competition to design a new £25 million cultural quarter in Bournemouth overlooking Poole Bay 

The double Stirling Prize-winner is up against Wilkinson Eyre, Levitt Bernstein, Jestico + Whiles and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in the race for the landmark project on Bournemouth seafront.

The AJ understands that the five practices were whittled down from 38 expressions of interest for the competition.

The winner will be asked to work up designs for a mixed use cultural scheme including a theatre, museum, gallery and restaurants.

Toby Marden, development manager at Bournemouth Development Company, would not confirm the list, but said: ‘The number of responses was in itself overwhelming but it was the quality of submission that really demonstrated a very genuine interest in, and understanding of, the opportunity to deliver a new cultural quarter for Bournemouth.’

Practices are currently making presentations and submissions. A final decision on the appointed architect is due to be made shortly after Easter.

The competition is being run by the Bournemouth Development Company, a joint venture between Bournemouth Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.

The site, currently surface car parking at Bath Road North and South, is one of the most prominent and strategic locations in the town, with views across Bournemouth Bay to the Purbecks and Old Harry Rock.




  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.