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Seven-strong shortlist revealed for £25m Ross Bandstand design competition

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March 28 2017

Seven-strong shortlist revealed for £25m Ross Bandstand design competition
Seven finalists have been shortlisted in a £25m design competition to overhaul Edinburgh’s Ross Bandstand following expressions of interest from 125 architect-led teams – half of whom originated beyond the UK.

Adjaye Associates, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group and Flanagan Lawrence will now go head-to-head with Page \ Park, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, wHY and William Matthews Associates & Sou Fujimoto Architects for the prestigious commission.

Norman Springford, chairman of the Ross Development Trust, commented: “The quality of the 125 teams on the longlist sent a strong signal that the international design community regards this as an inspirational project for Edinburgh that has huge potential to reinvigorate this prestigious site.

“We’re thrilled that our final shortlist achieved a balance of both international and UK talent, emerging and established studios.”

Each team now has until 9 June to firm up proposals for a new pavilion and visitor centre, briefed to act as a ‘landmark’ within the listed West Princes Street Gardens with the fruits of their work going on public display in mid-June.

The ultimate winner is expected to be revealed in early August with construction getting underway next year.

5 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 28 Mar 2017 at 12:46 PM
I can't wait to see the cockburn association's reaction to the proposals... no doubt another social media campaign to prevent any improvement or upgrading of the public realm in the city
CADMonkey
#2 Posted by CADMonkey on 28 Mar 2017 at 13:34 PM
Was this a fee bid competition to get to this design stage?
Philip
#3 Posted by Philip on 28 Mar 2017 at 18:55 PM
Its a pity the comp' wasn't more accessible or in fact specifically geared toward emerging local and national talent. Do we really need an international starchitect to do this.........
Cadmonkey
#4 Posted by Cadmonkey on 28 Mar 2017 at 23:34 PM
Philip, I think this is because of EU procurement rules.
Brexit should solve the problem and allow local architects to flourish in future similar "competitions".
The Punmeister General
#5 Posted by The Punmeister General on 31 Mar 2017 at 10:02 AM
Seven Compete To Be The Last Band-standing

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