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Scottish ‘landmark’ housing comp launched

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A rare, open competition has been launched in Scotland to design a ‘landmark’ housing scheme overlooking the seafront at Ardossan

A rare, open competition has been launched in Scotland to design a ‘landmark’ housing scheme overlooking the seafront at Ardossan, in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire.

The contest is being organised by the RIAS and is sponsored by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and local building company – and site owner – McLaughlin Construction.

Architects are asked to come up with a ‘building design that will receive ‘widespread acclaim for quality’, boast ‘high levels of environmental sustainability’ and ‘show that creative and innovative design can be provided without compromising cost parameters’.

William Wood, the director of client services at the RIAS, said: ‘This is the first design competition of its type where we have worked with a local regeneration company and construction company to produce a compelling landmark design for an apartment block. We expect there to be a high level of interest in this competition.’

Director of McLaughlin Construction, Paul McLaughlin said: ‘We are keen to make sure that we maximise the potential of this site with a development which will not only be a great place to live but which also helps with the wider regeneration of Saltcoats and the surrounding area.

The closing date for submissions is 7 December and a winner is expected to be announced in mid-January 2008.

Further information on the competition is available from the RIAS and Irvine Bay Regeneration Company at www.irvinebayurc.co.uk or www.rias.org.uk

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