Feilden Clegg, Hawkins Brown and Nicholas Hare also chasing deal under £400m revamp

portsmouth uni

AHMM, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are among architects shortlisted to design a new building at Portsmouth university.

The three practices are joined by Nicholas Hare Architects and Hawkins Brown as finalists.

The new academic building will put the Faculty of Business and Law along with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences under one roof.

It is also intended to be a gateway building to the northern part of the university’s city centre campus and will also include student support services, administrative and public space.

Fiona Bell, director of estates & campus services said: “I am delighted with the high quality of submissions that we received at the first stage of the competition which match our ambition to create a flagship building for our university and landmark for our city.

“We were fortunate to have interest from many firms from around the world and through a robust selection process we identified the top five submissions. I am looking forward to the next phase to see how the short-listed firms respond to the university’s many and varied design challenges”.

The contest, which has been organised by RIBA Competitions, will see the five work up their proposals ahead of a final interview with university chiefs at the end of October.

The scheme is part of a wider £400m masterplan the university is working on to upgrade facilities over the next decade which was drawn up three years ago by Architecture PLB.