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Hemingway has his eye on home-town Morecambe

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.html

by Rob Sharp

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