Thursday24 August 2017

Feilden Fowles bests bigger names to land plum college job

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Up and coming firm takes Cambridge Uni scheme

Emerging practice Feilden Fowles has pulled off a coup by pipping big name rivals including Stirling Prize winner Caruso St John and Sadie Morgan’s firm dRMM to win a competition to design a £7 million dining hall at Cambridge University’s Homerton College.

Hall McKnight and Walter & Cohen Architects also made the five-strong shortlist which was whittled down from more than 150 entries from around the globe.


Feilden Fowles Homerton

Work will start on site by next spring


Fergus Feilden, a director with Feilden Fowles, which was named BD’s YAYA winner last year, said: “We feel very honoured to be given the opportunity ahead of more established practices and feel it reflects the genuine openness of the competition process, as well as the college’s belief in investing in young talent.”

The competition was organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants with an initial longlist of 24 names drawn up.

The new 300-person hall will be used for ceremonial events and for day-to-day dining.

The work is part of the college’s wider estates strategy to offer students, academics and staff improved learning and recreational facilities.

Construction for the 1,400sq m project is expected to begin by spring 2018.

The college’s Estates Project Board served as the competition jury, supported by Malcolm Reading and Martindales Architects. The runner-up was dRMM.


Feilden Fowles Homerton

Feilden Fowles described its winning concept design as an Arts and Crafts building of the 21st century




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