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Revealed: the winner and finalists in contest to replace HKR in Poole

The AJ can reveal the concept schemes submitted by the practices in the contest to replace HKR on the contentious project to redevelop the West Quay site in Poole

Run by developer Neptune Consultants, the competition to come up with a ‘fresh perspective’ for the waterfront site, was won by London’s Metropolitan Workshop, working with O’Mahony Pike Architects (OMP).

This is the first time the submissions from all the shortlisted bidders, including runners up Panter Hudspith and a collaboration between 5plus Architects with John Pardey Architects and Colin Stansfield Smith, have been published.

Last November (AJ 03.11.11), Poole Council’s planning committee refused HKR’s reworked proposals for a £85 million mixed-use waterfront scheme with a 12-storey tower (pictured). The practice had been working on the 370-home project for more than three years and had made ‘significant amendments’ to the initial designs in response to comments made by CABE.

Victorious architect Metropolitan Workshop is currently working with Neptune on taking its ‘lower and more contextual’ proposals forward.

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The practice, working with O’Mahony Pike Architects (OMP), is developer Neptune Consultants’ favourite to work on a new scheme, having also invited bids from Panter Hudspith and a collaboration between 5plus Architects with John Pardey Architects and Colin Stansfield Smith.

Last November (AJ 03.11.11), Poole Council’s planning committee refused HKR’s proposals for a £85 million mixed-use waterfront scheme with a 12-storey tower (pictured). The practice had been working on the 370-home project for more than three years and, last summer, made ‘significant amendments’ to the initial designs in response to comments made by CABE.

The decision effectively marked a victory for local campaigners and Classicist architect Robert Adam who had offered an ‘alternative vision’ to HKR’s proposal, which he called ‘run of the mill’.

We needed a fresh perspective

James Leonard, project manager of Neptune Consultants, said the new scheme was still at an ‘exploratory stage’ but responded fully to the local authority’s reasons for refusal.

Leonard said: ‘We needed a fresh perspective. The new proposals are much more contextually responsive. It has also been reduced in scale.

He added: ‘We are in a different place to last time. We’ve [already] won a few hearts and minds.’

It is understood Neptune now aims to secure funding for the project and hopes to be ‘out of the traps’ this summer.

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