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The Maltings Cultural Venue, Berwick-upon-Tweed Competition
18 March 2022
Shortlist announced for design of The Maltings Cultural Venue, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Location: Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumbria, Northeast England, UK – border with Scotland
The Maltings Cultural Venue Design Competition Shortlist
Northumberland County Council and The Maltings (Berwick) Trust have announced the shortlist for a RIBA Competition.
The competition is seeking a design team to deliver a landmark cultural attraction at the heart of Berwick-upon-Tweed. The venue will create a new focal point for visitors and residents, acting as a key driver for the culture-led regeneration of the town.
The existing Maltings venue is ageing, no longer fit for purpose, fails to exploit its unique river-view location, and presents ever-increasing operational challenges. The new Maltings will provide a high-profile visual symbol that will act as a significant catalyst for economic growth, job creation, renewed civic pride, destination tourism, creative and commercial development for Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Following the Competitive Procedure with Negotiation and evaluation of the Selection Questionnaire responses, a shortlist of five has been selected to take part in the design phase of the competition.
The shortlist is:
RIBA Architect Adviser for the competition, Euan MacDonald from Hawkins\Brown, said: “It’s a privilege to support The Maltings and Northumberland County Council with such an engaging competition process, for this opportunity to enhance the cultural landscape, and wider regeneration of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Evaluating the initial submissions was an intensive but hugely enjoyable process, which we’re delighted has resulted in such a creative and impressive shortlist. I’m sure the panel are as excited as I am to see how the teams respond to the brief and communicate their ideas for this unique project.”
The shortlisted teams will present their concept design proposals to the evaluation panel in June 2022.
Previously on e-architect:
16 December 2021
Design Competition launched for The Maltings Cultural Venue, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Location: The Maltings, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumbria, England, UK
The Maltings Cultural Venue, Berwick-upon-Tweed Design Competition
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new design competition following the ‘Competitive Procedure with Negotiation’ on behalf of Northumberland County Council and The Maltings (Berwick) Trust.
The competition is seeking a multi-disciplinary design team to deliver a landmark cultural attraction at the heart of Berwick-upon-Tweed, creating a new focal point for visitors and residents’ and acting as a key driver for the culture-led regeneration of the town.
The Maltings (Berwick) Trust is the primary cultural organisation in this area of the county, operating across three separate venues in the centre of Berwick. They are a key social, cultural and educational hub for the town, and the only professional cinema across a large rural catchment across North Northumberland and the eastern Scottish Borders.
The Maltings current Eastern Lane venue is no longer fit for purpose and the Maltings (Berwick) Trust has worked in partnership with Northumberland County Council to secure Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal funding to deliver a 21st century venue on the existing site.
The competition is seeking applications in response to an initial brief in the form of a completed Selection Questionnaire. It is anticipated that up to five teams will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the design phase of the competition.
Ros Lamont, Executive Director The Maltings (Berwick) Trust commented:
“The launch of this design competition is an exciting and hugely significant moment for the Maltings and our partners – and a crucial stage in realising our long-term ambitions. Our firm intention is that a striking new venue will serve as a beacon for culture and creativity across our region, exceed audiences’ and artists’ expectations of an accessible 21st century public space, and provide a thriving home for a year round programme of outstanding arts experiences.”
Applications are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the brief and selection questionnaire. Further information can be found on the competition webpage at www.ribacompetitions.com/maltings including a link to the competition documents from Northumberland County Council.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 14.00hrs on Monday 24 January 2022.
The Maltings Cultural Venue, Berwick-upon-Tweed Design Competition images / information from RIBA 161221
Address: Eastern Ln, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1AJ, England, United Kingdom
Phone: 01289 330999
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