Forgotten Spaces Preston – RIBA Ideas Competition

Article posted on 26 February 2013

RIBA North West has teamed up with Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), with the support of the Eric Wright Group, to launch a new Forgotten Spaces ideas competition for 2013.

The competition has successfully taken place in London, Newcastle and Sheffield and now it is the turn of Preston. The competition seeks out redundant spaces across Preston’s municipal city boundary and invites innovative design proposals for re-use and regeneration. The 2013 competition will give entrants the option to consider specific sites put forward by Preston City Council’s Planning Department as spaces that could be made a part of the community, or select their own site.

The competition asks: How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, empty buildings, spaces hidden away or on our rooftops?

A ‘forgotten space’ could be small or large – an empty unit, a scrubland, a derelict building or underpass or flyover. The proposal could be simple or complex, commercial or public, a piece of public art or a new building, the main requirement is that it responds to the local area and serves a function for the community. Designers are encouraged to engage and work with local groups where possible.

Open to RIBA, RTPI and Landscape Institute members, as well as students, artists, members of the public and community groups across the UK, the competition creates a broad platform for discussion across all age groups and disciplines.

The best proposals will be showcased in a public exhibition at the old Post Office in Preston city centre in November 2013, allowing people from all over the city and visitors from further afield to view the projects, whilst providing design professionals and communities with a fantastic platform to exhibit their skills and insight.

RIBA North West will announce the competition winners and award cash prizes with sponsors the Eric Wright Group and Lancashire County Council at the exhibition launch event in November. First prize will receive £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000.

Competition registration deadline is Wednesday 27th March 2013 with the competition closing for entries on Thursday 9th May 2013.

For more information and to download the brief visit the RIBA website

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