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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 13.10.11

Newcastle’s Hatton Gallery, Northern Ireland housing and an Architecture Foundation contest for urban beehives. The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

Newcastle University is calling for architects to refurbish the Hatton Gallery (pictured). A permanent home to 3,500 art works, the gallery is housed in the university’s Fine Art building and recently became part of the Great North Museum. The contract covers up to RIBA Stage C, however an extension to Stage M is expected when funds become available. [Expressions of interest must be received by 17 October]

Habinteg Housing Association is on the hunt for architect-led design teams to provide multi-discipline services for a wide range of housing types across Northern Ireland. The integrated team must include a building surveyor, CDM co-ordinator, structural engineer and other necessary specialists in order to win the contract, which is worth £300,000 a year. [Requests to participate must be received by 9 November]

The Architecture Foundation has launched an international competition to design urban beehives, bird-boxes and planters to be installed around central London. Shortlisted proposals will be built with a £1,250 prototype budget, while the final bulk-produced pieces should not exceed £400.

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