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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 28.03.13

The editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions: A £10 million leisure facility in Oxfordshire, Nottingham’s New College redevelopment and an international contest in Belgorod City

[Requests to participate 15 April] South Oxfordshire District Council is on the hunt for a multi disciplinary consultant team for the design of a new leisure centre in north-east Didcot in Oxfordshire. A new build facility, the council aims for an ‘iconic building in terms of design’ and through the ‘mix and range of facilities’. Initial feasibility work may be necessary with the team then taking the scheme through to RIBA stage E with construction drawings. The appointed consultants are expected to act as technical advisor during construction with the team made up of an architects role, engineering, sustainability consultant and other specialists. Design works are due to begin July 2013 with start on site planned for December 2014.

[Requests to participate 12 April] New College in Nottingham is now tendering design services for their Basford Hall Campus £30 million Re-Development. Currently split into three campuses, the 64,600m2 existing estate is planned to be relocated with services now required to design the ‘new state of the art’ facility on the Basford Hall campus. Dependant on land negotiations the new build 1,200m2 college facility will be due for completion in June 2015 with full occupation the following September. A second phase of demolishing the existing buildings is also expected from the budget.

[Registration must be completed by 10 May] An open international contest has been launched to by Belgorod city administration to design an urban block in the city centre. Estimated at 200m by 300m the site is currently occupied by low rise buildings leading organisers to cap proposals at no more than 20 meters in height. Open to architects internationally a 50 Euro fee is required with registration while a £90,000 prize fund has also been announced, the winner will be ‘recommended for realisation’.

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