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.