Architecture Update: Tate seeks talent for Bankside project

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The Independent Culture
THE TATE Gallery has announced an international design competition to find an architect for the pounds 80m conversion of Bankside power station into a new Tate Gallery of Modern Art. Nicholas Serota, the Tate's director, said the gallery was keen to encourage foreign architects, few of whom have built in Britain.

The winner will be announced next February, coinciding with an exhibition of the architect's initial responses. The assessors are chaired by Sir Simon Hornby, chairman of W H Smith, and include the architect Hans Hollein, the painter Michael Craig Martin and broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

Meanwhile, the three finalists in the competition to transform the South Bank Centre, Europe's largest arts complex, have been revealed. All three teams - Michael Hopkins & Partners, the Richard Rogers Partnership, and Allies and Morrison - are London-based. Solutions include covering the entire site with a Crystal Palace-style roof (Richard Rogers). A winner will be announced in September.