Foster and Hadid in running to redevelop Bayswater shopping centre


Foster and Hadid in running to redevelop Bayswater shopping centre

Architects Zaha Hadid and Foster and Partners have been names on a shortlist for a project to revamp Bayswater’s Whiteleys shopping centre in west London.


The two firms are two out of four firms on the shortlist along with Make and Stiff + Trevillion. The proposals call for a complete overhaul of the centre which was once considered extremely prestigious and luxurious when it first opened in 1911.  


The store once housed a theatre and a rooftop golf course during its heyday.


Created by entrepreneur William Whiteley, Whiteleys was London’s first department store with seventeen separate departments prior to being converted into a mall in the late 1980s. The Grade II listed building was purchased for £115m in September 2013 by Meyer Bergman – a deal which was considered ‘off market’ and backed by a Brunei family trust.


Zaha Hadid is one of the most famous architects in the world. She has become famous for her radical, avant-garde designs and designed the London Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Foster and Partners is a British architectural firm renowned for its high profile glass and steel buildings. Its most famous projects include London’s City Hall and Millennium Bridge.


A Whiteleys spokesperson said of the news: “We are currently reviewing concepts from a number of leading architects as we look at the next step of our transformation plans for Whiteleys.”