This celebrated English Gothic Revivial building at risk of closure with “£330m worth of refurbishment” needed. The design was by architect Alfred Waterhouse.
The proposal by Mecanoo Architects re-activates the building as cultural attraction with ‘light touch’ interventions, improving accessibility and reinforcing existing connections. the Dutch architecture office beat Richard Murphy Architects, Hoskins Architects, Austin Smith Lord and LDN. The public selected this architect office.