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International Design competition could shape future of Guildhall

City of York Council

12:01am 15th May 2012

The future use of York's historic Guildhall complex could be shaped by nationally / internationally renowned architects if City of York Councillors give the ambitious plans the go ahead at a meeting today (15th May 2012).

The council's Cabinet will consider plans to invite architects to develop their ideas for the Guildhall, the council chamber and meeting rooms, the associated office accommodation and the river frontage and Guildhall Yard, as part of an 'Open Ideas' competition, run by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

If agreed, entries would be sought from architects putting forward innovative ideas on how the potential of the Guildhall site and riverside could be maximised for the benefit of the city and its residents.

the cost of running the competition would be around £35,000, but it's hoped that by inviting ideas from architectural practices across the world, the city would see the benefits that could be realised from a range of high quality and innovative options.

Councillor Julie Gunnell, Cabinet member for Corporate Services, City of York Council, said:

"The Guildhall and associated spaces are a significant part of York's cultural and civic history and we want to ensure that it can continue to play a key role in the city in the future.

"Independent assessment of the site confirms that significant development and modernisation of elements of the complex will be necessary to make the most of the buildings and riverside area for the future."

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