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Winner announced for University of Oxford (Radcliffe Infirmary) Competition


27 May 2005

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Rafael Viñoly Architects PC has won the competition relating to the redevelopment of the Radcliffe Infirmary site, Oxford. The relocation of the current hospital functions (circa 3Q2007) will provide the University of Oxford with a unique opportunity to develop up to 10.5-acres of this prime city centre site, to meet its anticipated growth in educational and research activities over the next ten years.
The University was seeking exceptional architect-led teams, capable of developing a masterplan within a highly sensitive conservation area.
Sixty architectural practices (from across the UK, Europe, Australasia and North America) submitted Expressions of Interest to the first phase of the competition. Rafael Viñoly's design proposal was selected from a prestigious shortlist that included: Dixon Jones Ltd; HOK International Ltd and Hopkins Architects.
The RIBA Adviser, Jim Chapman (EDAW plc), commented: 'All four teams' enthusiasm for the project was obvious from their presentations to the Jury Panel. Quality of design and ability to work with the University were key criteria in the evaluation of the proposals and making the final selection. Rafael Viñoly's approach excited the Jury Panel - the team responded well to the complex site and the evolving University brief'.
Rafael Viñoly will now go on to develop his proposals to help the University achieve its vision for the redevelopment of the Radcliffe Infirmary site.

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- Please ensure that the RIBA is credited when mentioning the above competition.
- The RIBA Competitions Office organises bespoke architectural competitions that encourage excellence in design, offer value for money, and are run smoothly from inception through to the appointment of a winning design or architect/team. The Competitions Office has vast experience of managing competitions for a diverse range of clients, project types and budgets. The competition process has produced landmark buildings/structures such as BALTIC and The Sage Gateshead, the Millennium Bridge etc.
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