Veliko Tarnovo Municipality has launched a competition to redevelop its historic military school in north central Bulgaria
Open to international teams with qualified architects, the anonymous single-stage competition seeks innovative proposals to transform the disused complex into a hub for cultural and business tourism.
The project aims to repurpose the 189,000m² site as an urban centre for the historic settlement, which was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and features many unique architectural landmarks. Proposals must include a phased site masterplan and concept design for a 5,500m² exposition hall.
According to the brief: ‘The increasing regional and national significance of the city of Veliko Tarnovo as an administrative, cultural, tourist, educational and commercial centre, as well as its growing population in the recent years, necessitate the establishment of an urban space concentrating buildings and open space facilities, which provide conditions for cultural, scientific, trade, political and other events.’
Veliko Tarnovo – known locally as the City of Tsars – is located on a series of dramatic hills overlooking the Yantra River. It features two historic and modern centres but lacks an overall urban centre with space to accommodate large cultural, scientific, commercial and political events.
The old military school has been a derelict site for many decades with parts of the complex recently used for deep excavations to create urban water and sanitation networks. The competition aims to transform the area into a new urban centre for Veliko Tarnovo.
Proposals should include new streets and pathways, car parking, a conference centre, hotels, administrative facilities, educational buildings, new housing, retail and sports facilities.
The competition languages are English and Bulgarian. The overall winner will receive a £22,000 prize while there is also a second prize of £13,000 and third prize of £8,700.
The deadline for applications is 20 July.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information