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Comps insider: Iron, aeroplanes and chess grandmasters

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum
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As we embrace the industrious spirit of spring, an expedition to the picturesque birthplace of the industrial revolution in Shropshire would seem appropriate

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has announced an ambitious £15 million masterplan to regenerate its sprawling Coalbrookdale campus, where the smelting of iron with coke first started on an industrial scale.

The decade-long programme will include a design competition to be launched later this year and a series of subsequent architectural appointments for individual phases. Planned developments include a temporary exhibition gallery and café; a collections store; a refurbishment of Enginuity, the National Design and Technology Centre; and conservation of the Old Furnace (pictured) and associated buildings.

If you just want to jet away when the seasons change then Austria has an ideal opportunity. The management of Innsbruck Airport has announced plans for a design competition later this year to regenerate the ageing facility surrounded by western Austria’s Alps.

The project will expand the airport’s infrastructure and replace its main terminal building, which was inaugurated for the 1964 Winter Olympics and can only handle aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 767. New border control, security checks, baggage reclaim, food and retail areas and a business centre and hotel will also be delivered.

For the more adventurous the Baguio Convention Centre in the Philippines may be worth investigating. Baguio’s city council has just announced a five-month-long contest to regenerate the landmark complex, which famously hosted the 1978 World Chess Championship final between Russian grandmasters Anatoly Karpov and Victor Korchnoi.

The project will restore and upgrade the historic city-centre structure while improving its overall financial and environmental sustainability.

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