Feilden Clegg Bradley has won a prestigious competition organised by the RIBA for an £8 million art gallery in Nicosia, central Cyprus.

The Bath-based firm was selected ahead of David Chipperfield, Tony Fretton, Niall McLaughlin and Terry Pawson in the contest to design the AG Leventis gallery. It hopes the project will start on site in May next year.

The winning scheme, which also includes 30 luxury flats and a restaurant, was partly inspired by local jewellery (pictured).

Feilden Clegg Bradley director Jo Wright said: “It was a very tough competition. We have gallery and restaurant experience, and strong housing credentials, but were daunted by the shortlist when it was published.

“We are delighted to have come though, particularly as we have come second in a lot of competitions recently.”

The site, near Nicosia’s 15th century Venetian walls, is part of a new cultural quarter for the city. Another competition for the area saw Hopkins Architects triumph this week with its entry for a £54 million performing arts centre.

• The RIBA has announced the winner of the contest for a multi-purpose building for the Royal College of Art’s south London campus at Battersea.

Haworth Tompkins Architects was chosen to design the facility, which will occupy a 4,500sq m site adjacent to the college’s existing sculpture building.

The phased development will provide space for teaching, research and business-related activities, and will also house a range of support services. Other short-listed firms for the competition included Benson & Forsyth, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Keith Williams Architects and Urban Salon.