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Stirling Prize 2013: early money piles on Park Hill

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Odds on Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West’s Park Hill project to win Stirling Prize have been slashed, with most of the early money going on the Sheffield estate scheme

Initial odds on the project from bookmaker William Hill were 9/1 when the short list was announced last week, making it the rank outsider. However, odds have dropped to 11/2 with 50% of all bets so far on the project.

The revamp of the Grade II listed ‘60s estate was described by prize’s panel of judges ‘stands as a beacon for imaginative regeneration, quality mass housing and the bold reuse of a listed building’.

The bookmaker’s favourite remains Niall McLaughlin Architects’ chapel, now at 5/2, while the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre by Heneghan Peng has edged ahead of Alison Brooks Architects’ be:Newhall scheme into second favourite.

Latest odds in full (24 July):

  • 5/2 Bishop Edward Chapel – Niall McLaughlin Architects
  • 3/1 Giant’s Causeway – Heneghan Peng
  • 10/3 be:Newhall Be – Alison Brooks Architects
  • 11/2 Park Hill Phase 1 – Hawkins/Brown with Studio Egret West
  • 13/2 Astley Castle – Witherford Watson Mann Architects
  • 13/2 University of Limerick – Grafton Architects

Source: William Hill

AJ readers can vote for their favourite scheme in a special poll. The Bishop Edward Chapel project currently heads the survey, with 28.1% of votes, with the Park Hill scheme in third place with 14.3%.

The winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize is set to be announced in September.

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