Public Open Space At Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition

Cronton Colliery - Courtesy of Land Trust

A new ideas competition has been announced to create a masterplan for a new public open space and visitor destination at the former Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside. The competition is open to architects or landscape architects and architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams and is being run by the Land Trust in association with RIBA Competitions.

The  competition will be in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. A shortlist will then be invited to enhance and present their designs and potential funding propositions at interview as part  of the second stage.

The Land Trust’s aim is to create a public open space and visitor destination, with a self-sustaining  funding structure, appealing to a range of leisure interests and working in conjunction with local  tourist attractions such as Knowsley Safari Park and Stadt Moers Country Park.

It is the intention of the Land Trust to identify an individual or team who is able to demonstrate an  empathy and understanding of the site based on its past and future contexts, as set out in this brief,  and in line with the vision and values of the Land Trust.

Selection at first stage will be based upon preliminary concepts and ideas in response to the  information outlined in this brief. These should be presented on 2 A1 boards accompanied by a short A4 written report.

Important Dates (please confirm with organisers)

Question deadline Friday 13 January 2012
Answers to questions circulated Friday 20 January 2012
Stage 1 Submission Deadline Wednesday 15 February 2012

Jury Panel
The Jury Panel (which may be subject to change) is expected to comprise:
Catherine Burd, Burd Haward Architects, RIBA Adviser
Deborah Holmwood, The Land Trust
Matthew Bradbury , The Land Trust
Pete Swift, Landscape Architect, Director Planit-IE
Richard Tracey, Partnership Manager, Liverpool Vision
Joanne Wallis, RIBA Competitions Consultant (observer)

More information the competition brief are available through RIBA 


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