Dominique Perrault Architecture has won the competition to design a new pavilion building in Priory Park (Reigate), which forms part of a wider initiative to restore the historic landscape of the park.
The first phase of the competition attracted forty-five Expressions of Interest from architectural practices across the UK, Europe, South Africa and the Lebanon. Dominique Perrault's design proposal was chosen from a shortlist that included: Block Architecture Ltd; Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams and Knox Bhavan Architects LLP.
The scheme was chosen by a Jury Panel that consisted of representatives from English Heritage; Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (Ward Members, Executive Members and Senior Management); the Reigate Society; Surrey County Council and Cindy Walters (Walters & Cohen) acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser. Dominique Perrault's proposal was also very well received by the public when the schemes were exhibited anonymously in Reigate. The team will go on to develop detailed designs for the building, which will be included as part of the Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund submission later this year. On hearing that they had won the competition, Dominique Perrault commented: 'Although unexpected, the news of winning the competition was pleasant and very emotional. For us, it is a delicate and poetic way to start building in the UK. We are delighted.'
Members of the Jury Panel commented thus about the Dominique Perrault scheme:
'The panel was impressed by the passion each team clearly had for the project and the very different ways in which they had responded to the design brief. The winning design was the clear favourite amongst the Jury Panel and our residents. I hope our Stage 2 HLF bid is as equally well received.'
Rob Ellingham (Executive Member for Leisure & Community Development, R&BBC).
'We had a very difficult decision to make as the standard of the design proposals was extremely high. The scheme submitted by Dominique Perrault Architecture was well resolved and a creative and dynamic response to the brief, the site and the budget. The proposal made a strong statement regarding environmental sustainability that the Council looks forward to exploring further. The enthusiasm, sensitivity and commitment demonstrated by the DPA team during the final interview, meant that the scheme was selected by a clear majority vote.'
Cindy Walters (RIBA Adviser)