Four UK-based landscape architects in shortlist for Ross Pavilion International Design Competition

Four UK-led teams have reached the nine-strong shortlist in the design competition for the new £25m Ross Pavilion and Gardens project in Edinburgh.

Extraordinary response to competition. Image: Malcolm Reading Consultants/David Springford
Extraordinary response to competition. Image: Malcolm Reading Consultants/David Springford

Teams led by UK architects Adjaye Associates, Flanagan Lawrence, Page\Park Architects and William Matthews Associates with Sou Fujimoto Architects from Japan are working with landscape architects Arup, Gillespies, West 8 and GROSS. MAX respectively.

They join teams led by BIG Bjarke Ingels Group from Denmark, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter from Norway and wHY from the US, which has teamed up with UK horticulturalist Noel Kingsbury on its entry.

In total 125 teams, made up of 400 individual firms, entered the competition and more than half were from overseas.

The teams will now attend an open day in April and have until 9 June to create concept designs for a new landmark Pavilion, a visitor centre with café, and subtle updates and improvements to the listed gardens, which are of outstanding cultural significance and operated and managed by the City of Edinburgh Council as Common Good Land.  The Pavilion will host arts programming from large to small scale events.  

A public and digital exhibition will be held in mid-June and the winner announcement is expected in early August.

The Ross Development Trust, the City of Edinburgh Council and Malcolm Reading Consultants are running the Ross Pavilion and Gardens project design competition.

Chairman of the Ross Development Trust and competition jury chair, Norman Springford, said: "We were absolutely delighted by the response of designers from around the world to the competition’s first stage. 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.

"Selecting the shortlist with our partners from City of Edinburgh Council was an intense and demanding process. We’re thrilled that our final shortlist achieved a balance of both international and UK talent, emerging and established studios. Now the teams will have 11 weeks to do their concept designs – and we’re looking forward to seeing these and sharing them with the public."

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