Architects, artists and designers have been invited to propose a £49,500 art trail for two housing developments in Bishopstoke, Hampshire
The competition, backed by Eastleigh Borough Council and East Sussex-based manufacturer Millimetre, will select a series of installations to provide wayfinding to several ‘permissible paths’ that weave through the sites.
The project is funded by the sites’ developers – Anchor and Bovis Homes – through the council’s Section 106 policy. Both developments occupy the former estate of The Mount (pictured), a Victorian country house which later became a care home before being sold in 2006.
According to the brief: ‘There are a network of permissible pathways that run through the woodland areas next to the site and which the public are able to use for their leisure pursuits such as nature walks, exercise and dog walking.
‘It is expected that the location of the artworks will be agreed in liaison with the village residents and management and will complement the management plan. The entrances to the sites may also provide a location for artworks and act as guides to the permissible paths.’
Bishopstoke is a small village overlooking the River Itchen, and around 10km north of Southampton, surrounded by 207ha of forest and home to 4,000 species of mammals, birds, insects and plants.
The competition focuses on two housing developments in the north of the village: Bishopstoke Retirement Village by Urban Edge for Anchor; and Nine Acres by Boyle and Summers for Bovis Homes.
The Mount was used for healthcare for most of the 20th century while its 26ha estate became a popular recreational amenity for local residents.
The latest project aims to deliver a series of artworks, following several permissible paths that weave through the sites, boosting the quality of the physical environment and providing wayfinding to visitors.
Proposals must thematically integrate the two developments with each other, improve connections to the surrounding community, promote local pride and steer walkers away from homes near the pathways.
Concepts must be original and harness hard-wearing materials that require minimal maintenance and have a 20-year lifespan. Submissions should include a sketch, short descriptive statement, budget and CV.
A long list will be drawn up and exhibited for local feedback. Shortlisted teams will then be invited to further develop their designs ahead of the announcement of an overall winner in November.
The deadline for applications is 6 September.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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