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Design a building for the GLA

aj/otis competition

Registered students at uk architecture schools are invited to take part in the 1999 aj/Otis competition, to design a new headquarters building for the planned Greater London Authority. The competition comprises site selection and design (or adaptation) of a landmark building for the new authority. Prizes will total £6000 (£2500, £1500 and £1000, though the judges may change the balance of these sums if they wish). The school attended by the winning student(s) will receive £1000.

The brief, as set out here, is intended to allow maximum flexibility, given that the detailed arrangements for the new authority have yet to be finalised. Site choice has one limiting/creative element: it must be within 200m of an existing London Underground station (could include new Jubilee Line stations). You may demolish any existing building you wish, use a vacant site, or adapt an existing building.

Provide a building with a net useable area of 12,000m2, with the following schedule of accommodation:

An assembly chamber for 24 elected members plus public and media

Office space for 400 in a variety of space sizes

Public facilities including exhibition space, meeting areas, a bar/cafe, and an external public space

A 'Mayor's Parlour' (but not a fully-fledged apartment), comprising a meeting room, entertainment suite and appropriate facilities

Parking for a maximum of 30 vehicles

Cycle parking

Full access facilities for disabled people throughout the building.

Judges will be chaired by Cedric Price. They include Tim Macfarlane of Dewhurst Macfarlane, teacher and columnist Katherine Shonfield, Bill Evans, group director (sales and marketing) of Otis, and aj editor Paul Finch. It is intended to add a prominent London politician or mayoral candidate to the list.

Consideration should be given to thefollowing:

Sustainable/energy-efficient design

Urban design strategy

Making an icon for London

Separation of access for public/staff/ mayor

Separation of circulation inside the building and the chamber for the above groups

The 'processional route' inside the building leading to the assembly chamber

Use of Otis lifts, escalators and Trav-o-lators to move visitors from the Underground station up and into the building. This is a compulsory element in the competition

Compliance with health and safetylegislation.

Publication will comprise an eight-page aj supplement, to appear in autumn 1999.

Date for submissions, which may comprise up to eight sheets of up to A1 size, is the end of June 1999. A project description, not exceeding 250 words, should be included on one of the sheets (not separate). A sealed envelope should include a completed entry form available from the address below, and should be attached to the entry.

To register for the competition, send a letter of notification to Denise Lambert, Otis plc, c/o Spada, 12 Harley Street, London W1N 1AA. Registered entrants will receive a copy of this brief, plus technical information on Otis people-moving systems.

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