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Competitions: Editor's Pick

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Public space for Manchester, the National Maritime Museum and the Housing Design Awards: the inside track on this week’s competitions

Manchester City Council has announced the latest phase of its £165 million Town Hall Complex Transformation project, and is seeking an urban designer to ‘create a breathtaking, internationally recognised new landmark public space for the city’. The total construction budget for the St Peter’s Square and Library Walk project is estimated to be in the region of £20 million. Requests to participate are due by 23 February.

The National Maritime Museum in London also wants its public space reconfigured, but on a much smaller scale with its new Sammy Ofer Wing. The relocation of the main visitor entrance – for which the budget is between £125,000 and £210,000 – is one part of a larger design framework. Tenders are due by 10 February.

Entries to this year’s Housing Design Awards open on 2 February. Eligible developments can consist of houses, bungalows, maisonettes or flats, or any combination of these. Projects of ‘great potential’ as well as finished jobs are welcome. The judges require one A1 presentation board per entry. The fee is £200 plus VAT and the deadline is 5 March.

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