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RIBA launch contest to transform Merseyside colliery

[Stage one proposals must be received by 15 February 2012] RIBA Competitions and Land Trust has launched an international design contest seeking ‘visionary’ proposals for a former colliery in Knowsley, Merseyside

The two-stage competition seeks masterplan proposals to transform the disused Cronton Colliery into a visitors attraction and open public space.

Closed in 1984, the 430,000m² site (pictured) is currently split into four distinct areas relating to its former industrial use and entrants are encouraged to view the site in four zones.

The brief calls for ‘visionary’ proposals which could include a hotel, education spaces and outdoor activities.

Three conceptual designs will be shortlisted. The shortlisted design teams will receive a £1,500 honoraria to develop their proposals.

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