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Competition launched for 'contemporary' country hotel

A competition calling for architects to design a new hotel in Lancashire has been launched.

The winner will put together plans for a new country house hotel of around 20 to 25 rooms in the village of Croston, in the south-west of the county.

The brief states that proposals must 'demonstrate the best of contemporary design expressed through proven construction technology and a viable sustainable energy strategy'.

The hotel will form part of a wider scheme, which will include the conversion of an existing stable block and walled garden into a restaurant and the restoration of surrounding parkland, avenue, and gardens. The competition, however, will be for the hotel only.

The hotel site is the former location of E W Pugin's 1857 Croston Hall, which was demolished in 1964.

From the initial expressions of interest, four teams will be invited to develop design proposals, with each of the teams receiving an honourarium of £4,000 plus VAT.

For a preliminary briefing paper contact the RIBA competitions office on 0113 234 1335, or visit www.ribacompetitions.com. The deadline for expressions of interest is 4pm on Wednesday 13 September.

by Richard Vaughan

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