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Thursday24 July 2014

David Chipperfield ditched by Geffrye Museum

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Museum seeks new architect after planning blow

David Chipperfield Architects has been dropped by the Geffrye Museum nearly six months after a planned £18.9 million extension was rejected by planners.

The east London museum announced this week it was looking for a new architect to work on a fresh scheme.

The Chipperfield scheme fell foul of campaigners who objected to the proposed demolition of a Victorian pub on the site. This will now be retained, the museum confirmed.

Director David Dewing said: “We have enjoyed a very productive relationship with David Chipperfield Architects. But sadly the scheme we worked up together failed to secure planning permission. So in discussion with David Chipperfield, we feel a fresh start is needed.

“We will be selecting new architects with a modified brief in the coming months and submitting a new application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“We are feeling confident and reinvigorated about taking the project forward for the benefit of our visitors in Hackney and beyond.”

The new development “will build on the principles of the masterplan designed by Chipperfield in 2010,” Dewing added.

David Chipperfield Architects declined to comment.

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  • Maybe the Geffrye needs a new director rather than a new architect - Chipperfield would have been working to a brief, and directors can't resist wanting to make their mark, rather than being the careful custodians they usually should be.

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