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Saturday19 August 2017

Zaha in running for £25m Bournemouth cultural quarter

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Winner due next month

Five firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Wilkinson Eyre will find out next month who has won a deal to design a £25 million cultural centre on the south coast.

The scheme will include a 300-seat theatre and a 600sq m gallery as well as space for six restuarants and a 90-bed hotel.

Levitt Bernstein and Jestico & Whiles are also chasing the deal which will be built at a site overlooking the Dorset town’s beach.

Client on the scheme, the Bournemouth Development Company (BDC), received 38 expressions of interest for the work which involves turning a car park into a new cultural quarter.

The design brief also calls for any proposal to “conserve and enhance the architectural style of the town as a historic public realm and provide a sense of arrival and place”. The scheme is also intended to improve landscaping and transport links.

The site is situated next to the Lower Gardens and listed Pavilion Theatre with views across Bournemouth Bay to the Purbecks and Old Harry Rock.

Toby Marden, development manager for BDC, said: “We are still at the stage of receiving presentations and have not made any decisions as yet.  An announcement on the appointed architect will be made after the Easter holidays.”

Shortlisted firms are due to make presentations over the next couple of weeks before a winner is picked in April.

 

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  • Andrew Jones

    So now we're on first name terms with Hadid?

    There are five distinguished firms in the running for this competition, but Hadid grabs the headline. I wonder why...

    But it will be particularly interesting to see how ZHA , in particular, approaches the quoted element of the the brief, to “... conserve and enhance the architectural style of the town as a historic public realm and provide a sense of arrival and place”

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    Er...any affordable housing in this?

    Thought not.

    It's good to see architects getting to grips with the burning issues of our time.

    Oh wait: the word sequence of "Bournemouth" and "cultural quarter" has frozen my computer...

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  • Stewie

    Cultural Quarter? isn't that something that should already exist as culture of a region rather than being defined by an Architect. Something tells me this is just for headlines and nothing will come off it.

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  • £25m budget. wonder how much it will cost to build...!

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  • Tim, I wonder how far over the budget it will be if ZH gets the job.

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  • No doubt ZHA will create something completely out of context with little acknowledgement to its surroundings which is tremendously over budget and ''hyped'' up to be something that it is not.

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  • so are we going to lose the view from Bath Hill again?!

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