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Urban Splash and AJ seek 'stars of the future' for Liverpool competition

Urban Splash has teamed up with the AJ to launch a competition giving young architects the chance to design a £500,000 building in one of the biggest developments in Liverpool.

The developer is embarking on the Tribeca development, the largest residential development to take place in the city, and is looking for ‘the stars of the future’ to design a £500,000 ‘Infobox’ which will stand on the city-centre site for eight years, with the possibility of becoming a permanent fixture.

Simon Humphreys, director of development at Urban Splash, said the competition, which is for final-year students and architects under the age of 35, will give young architects ‘an opportunity to design a scheme that they wouldn’t normally have’.

Humphreys said: ‘The aim is threefold. We want to unearth new talent; get the chance to meet an array of young architects face-to-face; and to commission a great scheme.’

Taking its name from its site, Triangle Below the Cathedral, Tribeca will provide more than 700 new apartments and family homes, as well commercial space.

The development is being led by an architectural team – including ShedKM, Alison Brooks Architects, Riches Hawley Mikhail and Austrian firm Querkraft – which will redevelop the 2.5ha site, which lies just 400m from Europe’s biggest and oldest Chinatown.

AJ editor Kieran Long said: ‘We are delighted that through this association with Urban Splash the AJ can offer such a substantial commission for a young unknown architect.’

The brief
Each entrant will be asked to develop concept designs for a 200-300m2 £500,000 building that will be used as an on-site sales office by Urban Splash.

The scheme will need to provide space for a variety of uses, such as office space for three sales staff, a reception area, a meeting room for up to 40 people, and a consultation room.

Entrants must submit a model of their scheme, and all the models will be included in an exhibition to be held this summer. The exhibition will coincide with the many events taking place in Liverpool’s year
as 2008 Capital of Culture, and will be documented in the AJ.

How to enter
To the full brief, entry details and further information, visit

The competition deadline is 9 May 2008. Work is expected to begin on the site in autumn 2008.

Read Urban Splash director Jonathan Falkingham’s comments on the competition here.

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