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01 December 2011

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

Shortlist of architect-led design teams announced for Bird College competiton

Having received 95 submissions from across Europe to its call for Expressions of Interest, Bird College has shortlisted its final six candidates for stage two of the competition. 

Shirley Coen, Principal and Chief Executive of Bird College, said: 'This was a very challenging process as the quality of the submissions was very high - I hope this is reflected in the shortlist. This will be an exciting process for the College both in terms of what it means for our future and also the creative collaboration that we will have with our eventual winner as we move forward with a renovation of our existing buildings or a brand new facility'.

The shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Carmody Groarke
  • Eric Parry Architects
  • Gareth Hoskins Architects
  • Harry Gugger Studio with Friend and Company
  • Mecanoo Architecten
  • Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

As there are currently a number of options regarding the site(s) on which the College's facilities will be provided, the second phase of the competition will concentrate on approach, dialogues and demonstration of understanding of the college's requirements. The competition will conclude with shortlisted teams attending an interview and presenting their ideas to the jury panel at a final assessment to be held in the New Year.

Greg Penoyre, RIBA architectural advisor, said: 'Bird College was delighted to receive such a large and high-quality response to its invitation for expressions of interest for the new college facilities. Arriving at a shortlist of six from a field of 95 has been no easy task - the Jury Panel spent many hours going through the submissions and applied a rigorous assessment process against the published criteria to reach the final list. We were delighted with the eventual shortlist and acknowledge the huge body of effort represented by the submissions which was very much appreciated by all Panel members'.

The jury benefits from the experience and creativity of Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal and Chief Executive of Trinity Laban, and Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie's Centres. Representatives from the college include Shirley Coen, Geoff Pine and Patrick Deuchar. Greg Penoyre is acting as RIBA architectural advisor to the competition being run in partnership with RIBA Competitions. June Denton is acting as the Strategic Advisor to the college.

Bird College is unique and the opportunity for creating an exciting learning environment for performing arts in the post-compulsory-education sector, while at the same time creating appropriate teaching and learning spaces for musicians and young dancers of all ages, is very exciting. It is hoped that it will capture the imagination of all stakeholders and create the energy and drive that such a project needs to achieve success.


Notes to editors

1. Please ensure that RIBA Competitions is credited when mentioning the above competition. RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run competitive selection processes. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions

2. As one of the foremost training centres for dance and musical theatre performance, Bird College provides access to world-class training for the most talented individuals. Graduates enter the professional sector in a worldwide context, with many securing work in America, Europe and beyond. Their presence in musical theatre in the West End is particularly evident. Each year the college auditions over 1000 potential students for 100 places.



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