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Mid- Cornwall Clay Country Eco-Town architectural competition

Mid- Cornwall Clay Country Eco-Town, one of the only four approved eco-towns with commercial backers, has launched a design competition for low-carbon homes for the proposed Eco-town in Cornwall

The Mid- Cornwall Clay Country Eco-Town architectural competition calls for entries from architectural practices with a background in sustainable architectural innovation and an understanding of the requirements for eco-homes. Proposals will need to clearly demonstrate a sympathetic understanding of the unique Cornish building tradition and setting.

The competition will be run in three stages

Stage 1 – Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest must be submitted by Friday 29th January 2010. Submissions from practices of all sizes are welcomed and should include examples of similar projects undertaken by practices on no more than 10 sides of A3.

Stage 2 – Architectural competition

In February practices whose experience and expertise show they could work on the project successfully will be invited to prepare schemes for sustainable dwellings across a range of house types.

Stage 3 – Shortlisting and Final Selection

The schemes will be submitted to an expert panel including representatives from the Joint Venture company and the RIBA for consideration. Practises which are successful at this point may then be invited to enter into further detailed discussions with the development company and could be awarded an engagement to take their proposals through to detailed planning submission and ultimately construction. For those practices which are selected by the panel and are invited to participate in further discussions, an honorarium of £5,000 will be made as a contribution towards their costs to date.

The Eco-town development partners are already consulting with local communities and the relevant local and regional authorities and regulatory bodies. The close working relationship with the nearby Eden Project as a development partner capitalises on its sustainable development expertise.

The pilot scheme at Baal & West Carclaze will showcase innovative approaches to the delivery of housing and employment space as the first step in delivering a wider phase one of development in line with the Eco-town scheme requirements.

For more information on the architectural competition and to download a Stage 1 brief and background paper, see www.claycountryvision.imerys.com or download the brief on the right hand side of this page

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