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Competition: Watersley Sports & Talent Park, the Netherlands

Watersley Sports & Talent Park, The Netherlands
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An international design contest has been announced to remasterplan a 30ha youth sports complex in Sittard in the Netherlands

Organised by Phidias Community Cooking, the ‘Stay-Grow-Play’ competition seeks radical proposals to upgrade a large sports campus occupying a former school site on the edge of the city of Sittard in South Limburg.

The call for concepts seeks to identify an overall masterplan for the 30ha rural estate which features more than 20 buildings. Proposals for the reuse of three specific sites within the campus will also be required.

The competition brief says: ‘Watersley Sports & Talentpark has developed rapidly in recent years. The country estate has developed into a hotspot for athletes and young talents. So far, the developments have been realised on the basis of supply and demand, but the time has come for more structure and vision. Many ideas have already been developed in terms of the programme for the buildings, so there is no need to focus on that.

‘The real question concerns the coherence of all of the properties in terms of appearance, branding, and functioning (connections and interaction). For this competition, we are looking for a vision for the entire estate and its relationship with the environment. Alongside a vision for the entire site, we would like to see an elaboration on one location, to show how the vision can become reality. For the competition, we have selected three locations for the elaboration.’

Phidias Community Cooking is a collaborative architectural platform focusing on innovative and sustainable design. It is supported by Jo Coenen Architects & Urbanists, Robobank financial services and other local stakeholders.

Previous contests organised by Phidias include Set Foot in Sittard which sought ideas to regenerate vacant commercial premises at the centre of the historic Dutch city.

Sittard is a small city of around 40,000 inhabitants located close to the border with Germany. The contest focuses on a large former country estate which features a 1752 hunting lodge, Watersley House, at its centre.

The complex was used as a school for people with learning disabilities before being abandoned for a decade and then transformed into a sports campus providing residential accommodation for up to 300 local and international athletes.

The project aims to boost the quality and coherence of public spaces across the campus, deliver new branding across the estate, and create new residential accommodation, an Olympic sized swimming pool, classrooms, a restaurant and others sports facilities.

Along with an overall masterplan, participants are invited to submit more detailed designs for three areas within the complex including a large plaza known as ‘the flat’, the site of a former school, and a future sports centre dubbed ‘the powerhouse’.

The overall masterplan winner will receive €1,500 and an opportunity to work on the project. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top three entrants for each of the three detailed design areas within the complex. The teams behind the top entries will also be invited to present their schemes to the client at Watersley on 17 and 18 December.

The deadline for applications is 20 November.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Phidias Community Cooking
Rijksweg Zuid 27
6131 AL Sittard
The Netherlands

Email: cooking@phidias.pro

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