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Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio to lead Barbican Centre revamp


A winning entry has been announced in the highly-publicized Barbican Centre redevelopment contest, signaling an end to the open competition first announced in September of last year by the City of London Corporation.

In a public announcement, the Barbican just revealed that the UK-based duo of Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio will now spearhead the revamp of the Grade-II listed Brutalist icon beating out shortlisted bids from BIG, DS+R, Adjaye Associates, and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

The team now has to submit several different proposals to coincide with the project’s sliding budget range, notably reduced to between £50–150 million following the cancelation of the original redevelopment plans, and newfound mandates pertaining to adaptive reuse with help from a range of consultants including Buro Happold, Hood Design Studio, and acoustic engineers Charcoalblue.

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