RIBA Competitions is pleased to announce the launch of a two-stage, International Open Design Competition on behalf of Britain's Energy Coast West Cumbria and Magnus Homes. The competition, to select an architect-led team to design a circa GBP £10m mixed-use development on a prominent site adjacent to Whitehaven Harbour, is being organised with the support of Places Matter! the architecture centre for the Northwest.
Whitehaven, situated on the Cumbrian Coast approximately 10 miles west of the Lake District National Park, is one of the most complete surviving examples of a Georgian planned town in Europe. Its character stems from the hillsides which flank the harbour, and the colourfully painted attractive buildings arranged in a grid-iron street pattern.
The competition is open internationally to architect-led design teams which (at Stage 2) will also need to include the services of a structural engineer and M&E consultant, as a minimum. Architectural students who have successfully completed their RIBA Part 2 studies and are working towards their Part 3 qualification are also welcome to enter the competition. However, such applicants will need to give due consideration to a proposed delivery strategy in the event of them being short-listed and potentially being in a position to go on and win the competition.
Up to 5 schemes will be short-listed from the anonymous Stage 1 entries. Stage 2 will involve further exploration and refinement of the Stage 1 proposals, with the short-listed teams invited to attend an interview and make a presentation to the Judging Panel. Each short-listed team will receive an honorarium of £4,440 (+VAT).
- registrations will close on Monday 13 September 2010,
- deadline for Stage 1 design submissions is 2.00pm on Friday 17 September 2010.
The Competition Brief and details of how to register for the competition will be available by visiting: www.riba-whitehavencentralsite.org.uk