Designer Wayne Hemingway is working up proposals for a key site in his home town of Morecambe with one of the country's leading architects.
The broadcaster and self-styled architectural guru has joined forces with Foreign Office Architects (FOA) for a bid to regenerate the Central Promenade overlooking the town's famous bay.
The Hemingway/FOA team is just one of a host of big name architects intending to enter the Urban Splash-run competition which closes on 17 November.
Appointed by Lancaster City Council (LCC) to revamp the 4.7ha seafront site, Urban Splash wants to create an 'inspirational and imaginative mixed-use development' (AJ+ 24.08.05).
As part of the ongoing overhaul of the area, the regeneration company has already begun refurbishing the neighbouring Art Deco classic Grade II*-listed Midland Hotel, designed by Oliver Hill.
The two-stage contest, which is being run by the RIBA, will be judged by Ken Shuttleworth; architecture critic Hugh Pearman; Councillor Ian Barker, the leader of the LCC; Brian Gray, the chairman of the Northwest Regional Development Agency, and Tom Bloxham and Jonathan Falkingham of Urban Splash.
For more information see http://www.riba.org/go/RIBA/News/Press_4917.htmlby Rob Sharp