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Liverpool University seeks architectural horse-whisperers

The University of Liverpool has launched an unusual competition to find an architect to design a new horse-related research and performance facility - including an equine colic centre.

The £6.5 million development on the site at Leahurst on the Wirral will see the construction of new stable blocks, an exercise arena and 'associated infrastructure'.

Interested designers will also have to come up with plans for a £1.3 million, 480m2 single-storey colic facility at the heart of the development, capable of housing laboratories, seminar rooms and accommodation.

Intriguingly, architects wanting to submit will have to demonstrate that they have 'a proven track record in the successful delivery of similar projects'.

Once the university has sifted through the pre-qualification questionnaires, a shortlist of six practices will be drawn up and a winner could be announced as early as next month.

It is hoped work on the project could start as early as January 2008.

The deadline for requests to participate is 2 July.

For more information about the project visit (2007/s104 -128502) or

by Richard Waite

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