Expressions of Interest Sought for BIRD COLLEGE


Gareth Hoskins Architects are announced today as the winners of the competition to work with Bird College to redevelop and rationalise their facilities onto a single site solution in Sidcup, Kent.

Bird College is an internationally renowned provider of education and professional training in dance, music and theatre performance. As well as delivering Degree programmes accredited by the University of Greenwich and a National Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre validated by Trinity College London, Bird College is the provider of music and junior dance services for the London Borough of Bexley. Many of the College’s graduates go on to pursue a professional career in the performing arts, with a strong presence of Bird College alumni within West End musical theatre. The College wishes to improve its facilities to match the best within the sector and accommodate increased student numbers, by creating an exciting new teaching and learning resource for the benefit of students, staff and the wider community. Following agreement in principle with the London Borough of Bexley, the College hopes to move its five current locations of operation in Sidcup to a site in Alma Road which is currently home to the Bexley Adult Education College.

Gareth Hoskins Architects was selected from a shortlist which also included (in alphabetical order) Carmody Groarke; Friend & Company Architects with Harry Gugger Studio; Mecanoo Architecten; Eric Parry Architects and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.


RIBA Competitions is pleased to announce the launch of a new Invited Design Competition on behalf of Bird College, Sidcup. Expressions of Interest are sought from architect-led design teams with exceptional design skills for the redevelopment of the College’s facilities.

Category Competition Result / Project Competition
Type International, Project/EoI, Open, Two-Stage
Genre School
Country UK
Registration Deadline 7 October 2011 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 12 October 2011 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Architect-led design teams with exceptional design skills for the redevelopment of the College’s facilities.

Geoff Pine, Chairman & Trustee of the Doreen Bird Foundation
Patrick Deuchar,  Trustee of the Doreen Bird Foundation
Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Shirley Coen,  Principal and Chief Executive, Bird College
June Denton,  Founder, VThree ltd.
Laura Lee,  Chief Executive, Maggie’s Centres
Greg Penoyre,  Senior Partner, Penoyre & Prasad LLP
[acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser] 

Design commission

Entry Fee

Shortlist notified: 14 November 2011
Submission of design concepts: 11 January 2012
Result, preferred team identified: 30 January 2012

Bird College

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