The RIBA is delighted to announce that AOC Architecture have now been appointed as the architects to design the new 'Street' area and entrance to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.
'The Street' provides access to The Royal Armouries Museum galleries, exhibitions, cafes and shop. It was felt that the area lacked a visitor-friendly entrance, and a competition was launched in January 2007 to design a more obvious and welcoming area. The budget for the project was set at £250,000.
The first phase of the competition registered an Expression of Interest, and attracted a response from 29 architectural practices across the UK. In the second phase, a shortlist of four practices were selected that included (in alphabetical order):
- Alex Graef Associated Architects
- AOC Architecture
- Featherstone Associates
- Landolt and Brown
The jury panel consisted of representatives from the Royal Armouries Museum, the Board of Trustees and Simon Hudspith, an adviser from the RIBA.