Keith Williams Architects has been selected to design Chichester District Council's £6.6 million museum and housing project.
64 expressions of interest were received for the opportunity to take part in the Competitive Interview process. Five practices attended an interview to discuss initial ideas and approach with the jury panel. The other shortlisted practices included: Caruso St John; Jamie Fobert Architects; van Heyningen & Haward and Panter Hudspith.
Keith Williams Architects were chosen for their exceptional building designs - including their knowledge and experience in designing sustainable buildings. Other key factors included their focus on teamwork and their record for delivering projects on time and on budget.
"This is an exciting and important project for the Council, which gave opportunity for so many of the country's top architects to compete", said Cllr Myles Cullen, Leader of the Council. "We wanted to ensure that the Council appointed a firm of architects that would design a contemporary building, which would also be sympathetic to the historic setting of Chichester - and we believe that we have achieved this."
David Turrent, RIBA Adviser commented: "Chichester Council have set ambitious goals for this project, both in terms of design excellence and sustainability. All five shortlisted practices were capable of delivering a high quality building on this important site in the historic centre of the town. Selecting a winner proved difficult and time consuming but was also absorbing and illuminating for all involved. I look forward to seeing the results of what I hope will be a very creative collaboration between client and architect".
Keith Williams said, "We are delighted to have come out ahead of a very
strong field to win this prestigious project. We are looking forward to
developing our concepts with Chichester District Council for a fine new
museum in this historic city".