Whitehaven Harbour Design Competition, Cumbrian Architecture Contest News
Whitehaven Harbour Contest, Cumbria
Whitehaven Harbour Competition, Cumbria, north west England design by Richard Murphy Architects, UK
8 Nov 2010
Whitehaven Harbour Competition Winner
Edinburgh-based Richard Murphy Architects wins design contest against 139 entries around the world
Whitehaven Harbour design by Richard Murphy Architects:
Richard Murphy said: “We are, of course, delighted to be able to play our part in developing this important site and assisting with the rejuvenation of the centre of Whitehaven. Our design placed great emphasis on celebrating the site, giving all the flats panoramic views of the harbour, making a distinctive skyline and incorporating the surviving fragment of a historic swimming pool into the design.”
Richard Murphy Architects
2 Nov 2010
Whitehaven Harbour Central Site Exhibition
Whitehaven Harbour Central Site: Exhibition of Shortlisted Competition Submissions for the Mark House and Park Nightclub site, Whitehaven
Following the overwhelming success of the public exhibition of the first stage submissions to redevelop the Mark House and Park Nightclub site there will be an opportunity for the public to examine the refined and updated design proposals from the five shortlisted teams. The competition is being organised on behalf of Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria and Magnus Homes by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions unit, with the support of Places Matter! the architecture centre for the Northwest.
The fantastic harbour-side setting presents a unique opportunity to continue the transformation of Whitehaven’s former working port, via a circa GBP £10m mixed-use development of luxury residential apartments and high quality office accommodation.
The five short-listed teams were selected following an anonymous appraisal of the 139 schemes submitted to the first stage of the open competition. The short-listed schemes have been developed further and the original design proposals refined following feedback from the Stage 1 assessment. The five schemes will be on display at Unit 2, Pears House, Whitehaven Harbour from 6 – 12 November 2010.
The comments taken from the public consultation will be fed through to the judging panel for the final assessment in late November where a winner will be selected.
Paul Crooks (Programme Manager, Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria) commented: ‘We received some very useful and thoughtful comments from the public during the first stage and we would urge all those interested in the future development of Whitehaven to see how the shortlisted teams have responded to the challenges set for them’
21 Oct 2010
Harbour Central Site Shortlist
Shortlist announced for the redevelopment of the Mark House and Park Nightclub site, Whitehaven
The five short-listed teams are announced today for the competition to redevelop the Mark House and Park Nightclub site, which lies adjacent to Whitehaven harbour. This circa GBP £10m mixed-use development of luxury residential apartments and high quality office accommodation will continue the dramatic transformation of Whitehaven’s former working port which has taken place over the past decade. The competition is being organised on behalf of Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria and Magnus Homes by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions unit, with the support of Places Matter! the architecture centre for the Northwest.
The five teams were selected following an anonymous appraisal of the 139 schemes submitted to the first stage of the open competition, which included a public exhibition of the design proposals in Whitehaven.
The competition is anonymous, but we’ve tried to guess (ok, a reader also gave us some help!) which design is by who, comments welcome at info(at)e-architect.com
The short-listed teams (in alphabetical order) are:
The Judging Panel consisted of representatives from Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria, Copeland Borough Council, Magnus Homes, Places Matter! and Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, together with Stephen Hodder (Hodder + Partners, Manchester) acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser.
Frank Lowe, Programme Director at Magnus Homes Ltd said: “I was astounded by the response to the competition and visited the exhibition on numerous occasions ahead of the Judging session so that I could absorb the various approaches proposed for our site. The five schemes we selected all have the potential to create exceptional developments which will transform the harbour-side.”
Stephen Hodder, RIBA Architect Adviser, Hodder + Partners commented: “The five short-listed schemes in their different ways integrate the town with the harbour-front in an appropriate, but contemporary way. I am convinced that any of the schemes could become a worthy addition to Whitehaven”.
Stuart Cowperthwaite, Director at Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria added: “The competition to transform this prime site on Whitehaven’s picturesque harbour is beginning to gather pace, with a hugely impressive 139 schemes now whittled down to five, led by high calibre teams of international renown. The competition has truly captured the public imagination and, like them, we want to see a design that creatively mixes the town’s rich architectural heritage with its ambitions for the future – something which local people can be proud of for generations to come.”
Celia MacKenzie, Chief Executive of Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners remarked: “The standard of the schemes put forward in this competition, for this significant site between the Harbour and Town of Whitehaven, have been truly outstanding. The five short listed schemes have come through very thorough scrutiny, and the result are five schemes selected from national and international architectural teams, providing for exactly the high quality development that Whitehaven deserves. The winning design will undoubtedly enhance the regenerated Harbour but equally important connect it further with the Town. This is a most exciting opportunity for Whitehaven’s future.”
The second stage of the competition will involve a further exploration and refinement of the design proposals in response to feedback from the Stage 1 assessment. The developed proposals will be displayed in Whitehaven in early November 2010. Comments arising from the public exhibition will again be used to help inform the Judging Panel’s decision when they reconvene to select the winning team in late November 2010. The winning scheme will need to be capable of setting a benchmark for creative, contextual design and achieving a sustainable development of long-lasting architectural quality.
21 Sep 2010
Whitehaven Harbour Competition
Whitehaven Harbour Central Site : Exhibition of Competition Submissions for the Mark House and Park Nightclub site, Whitehaven
22 – 28 Sep 2010
An exhibition of the design proposals submitted to the first stage of the competition to redevelop the Mark House and Park Nightclub site are to be displayed in Whitehaven town centre. The competition is being organised on behalf of Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria and Magnus Homes by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions unit, with the support of Places Matter! the architecture centre for the Northwest.
The 140 schemes on display have been submitted in response to an open invitation to architect-led design teams and architectural students working towards their RIBA Part 3 qualification to develop initial design concepts for the site.
Speaking about the phenomenal response to the competition, Paul Crooks, Programme Manager (Commercial) at Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria, said: “We have been delighted with both the level of response and the quality of the designs that have been put forward so far for this prime area of Whitehaven’s harbour. We hope as many residents as possible come along to the exhibition and see for themselves the creative ideas which will go on to be judged and further developed. Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria is keen to see a design that demonstrates the town’s ambitions for the future, yet it both sympathetic and celebratory of its rich heritage.”
The schemes will be on display at Unit 2, Pears House, Whitehaven Harbour from 22-28 Sep 2010. Themes arising from the anonymous exhibition will be made available to the Judging Panel to help inform their decision when they meet to short-list five schemes to proceed to the second stage of the competition. The Judging Panel will consist of representatives from Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria, Copeland Borough Council, Magnus Homes, Places Matter! and Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, together with Stephen Hodder (Hodder + Partners, Manchester) acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser.
The second stage of the competition will involve a further exploration and refinement of the design proposals in response to feedback from the Judging Panel following the stage one judging. The winning scheme will need to be capable of setting a benchmark for creative, contextual design and achieving a sustainable development of long-lasting architectural quality. The Judging Panel will reconvene to select the winning scheme in late November 2010.
Whitehaven Harbour Design Competition exhibition information from the RIBA
Whitehaven Harbour Central Site Design Competition
Launch of International Open Design Competition
13 Sep 2010 – registration closing date
17 Sep 2010 deadline – submission
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.
Over the past decade, Whitehaven’s former working port has been transformed by the installation of a new sea lock into a thriving marina for leisure craft, with significant investment in associated public realm improvements. The redevelopment of the site presents an opportunity to continue this regeneration via the contribution of an active harbour frontage, with improved visual and pedestrian links to the town centre. The winning scheme for luxury residential apartments and office accommodation will need to set a benchmark for creative, contextual design and achieve a sustainable development of long-lasting architectural quality.
Speaking about the Competition’s launch, Sherrie Robinson (Project Manager, Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria) commented: ‘Whitehaven is a Georgian gem which boasts superb architecture and unique character. The development of the town and harbourside is a key element of the Britain’s Energy Coast regeneration initiative, and we will be looking for designs that demonstrate the town’s ambitions for the future while at the same time being sympathetic to its rich heritage’.
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).
The Competition Brief and details of how to register for the competition will be available by visiting: www.riba-whitehavencentralsite.org.uk from 14 July 2010. Please note that registrations will close on Monday 13 September 2010, and the deadline for Stage 1 design submissions is 2.00pm on Friday 17 September 2010.
Whitehaven Harbour Design Competition information from RIBA Jul 2010
Location: Whitehaven, North West England, UK
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Whitehaven Harbour Design Competition – Further Information
Magnus Homes is part of the Pentakan group of companies. Magnus Homes is an experienced house building company based in the north of England. It specialises in constructing quality homes and apartments with an eye for design. For further details visit www.magnushomes.com.
The Britain’s Energy Coast™ initiative aims to establish the boroughs of Copeland, Allerdale and Furness as major generators of low carbon and renewable energy, helping to transform the local economy while at the same time supporting Britain’s response to the pressing challenges of climate change and energy security. The initiative includes not only the construction of at least one new nuclear power station but also improvements in grid transmission, infrastructure, education, hospitals, skills, R&D and enterprise, as well as the development of other renewable and low carbon energy sources.
Together these developments will transform the West Cumbrian economy whilst providing clean sustainable energy for the UK. For further details visit www.britainsenergycoast.com. Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria has been working in partnership with Magnus Homes to support the development of this key site on Whitehaven’s harbour-side.
Places Matter! is an organisation devoted to generating a strong sense of place in living, working and leisure environments throughout the Northwest. Places Matter! is an Architecture & Built Environment Centre that works across the public and private sectors to drive up the skills and knowledge of all those involved in new development, promoting good design and encouraging strong client leadership. For more information visit www.placesmatter.co.uk
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