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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 24.02.11

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Forgotten Spaces Sheffield, the restoration of Hexham Abbey in Northumberland plus design services for a new cultural centre in Manchester; the editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

RIBA Yorkshire has launched its own version of the previously London-only Forgotten Spaces competition, focusing instead on Sheffield. Open to architects, designers and artists living in the city, the brief is to propose innovative solutions for the re-use of ‘forgotten’ places within the city. Shortlisted entries will feature in a six week-long exhibition at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, with the three top winners announced at an event coinciding with the Stirling Prize awards which is also taking place in the city. Open to entries from 1 March, the top prize winner will take home £5,000.

Hexham Abbey Parochial Church Council is on the hunt for an architect to lead the £1.75 million restoration of its grade I listed buildings. The project aims to refurbish the abbey’s monastic complex, creating new visitor facilities including exhibition and interpretation spaces, education and meeting rooms, an archive, kitchen and cafe. The final date for the receipt of requests to participate is 21st March, 2011 with tenders due to be invited late March 2011.

Manchester City Council is seeking an architect for its project to build a new cultural centre scheduled to open in May 2012. Bringing the Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse organisations under one roof, the project will feature a 500-seat performance space, a studio, classrooms and a major gallery for contemporary art. The 5,000m² scheme is planned for a sloped incline site on the northern most edge of the city’s Cultural Quarter masterplan. The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 March.

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