Colander Associates has launched an ideas contest to rethink the future of Grade II*-listed St Martin’s Church in Brighton
Open to multidisciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and developers – the competition seeks ‘practical, exciting and commercially viable’ concepts to redevelop the 1875 city centre landmark.
The call for ideas aims to identify new economically-sustainable uses for the George Somers Leigh Clarke-designed church located around 1.8 kilometres north of Brighton seafront. The overall winner will receive £10,000 and two runners-up will also take home £6,000 each.
According to the brief: ‘This competition invites teams to think creatively about St Martin’s church and generate innovative but commercially sustainable new uses for this building, which is currently under used and in danger of falling into disrepair. Whilst this is not a live project the competition hopes to bring forward solutions that could be implemented in the future.
‘The client, The Diocese of Chichester, supported by A Better Brighton & Hove, is looking to design teams which can include investors, developers or end users, who can demonstrate a viable and practical scheme which is creative and will be the springboard to restoration of this building with huge potential.’
Officially known as St Martin with St Wilfrid, St Alban and St Richard Hollingdean – St Martin’s Church was constructed in the Gothic Revival style in 1875. The building, located a short distance from the Brighton Pavilion, is used for regular Church of England services.
The call for concepts aims to identify practical new solutions to re-energise the Lewes Road complex and secure for the historic building an economically-sustainable future.
Interested teams must first submit two A2-sized display boards along with a brief textual project description. Three shortlisted teams will then be invited to further develop their proposals and attend an interview with the jury.
The registration deadline is 5pm on 12 September and submissions must be completed by 1pm on 17 September.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information