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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 26.08.10

The restoration of Lews Castle, regeneration of five Scottish waterfront towns and a conceptual city design competition; the editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

Western Isles Council has announced plans to redevelop the Category A-listed Lews Castle on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, after receiving initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Council is seeking an architect-led design team is for a comprehensive overhaul of the site and the Castle, and provide a new and enhanced Museum nan Eilean along with a high quality hotel and function spaces.  The deadline for tenders is 6 September.

Argyll and Bute Council is accepting proposals for a framework agreement for the provision of consultancy services to assist in the delivery of a £250-500 million pound regeneration programme of five of its waterfront towns: Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.  Tenders must be received by 6 September.

Design teams from around the world are invited to select any international city and conceptually transform it through photo-realistic three-dimensional modelling and renderings for the Living City Design Competition.  The winning entry will receive US $75,000. More information about the judging criteria can be found at and the  deadline for submissions is 1 February.

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