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Glasgow opens Royston Spire overhaul contest

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The Glasgow Institute of Architects has launched a competition – open to architects and students – for a £40,000 overhaul of Royston Spire

Backed by Rosemount Development Trust, the project will introduce a new lighting scheme to the 150 year-old spire which is the only surviving part of Townhead - Blochairn Parish Church.

According to the brief: ‘The Rosemount Community Development Trust want architects to develop imaginative and practical design ideas for the spire which should consider lighting and interpretation along with other concepts.’

Alternative uses for the tower’s disused clock faces plus occasional public access to the building may also be proposed.

Up to six teams will be shortlisted in May and invited to present their proposals at a judging event.

The winner – set to be announced in June – will receive £500 and the opportunity to further develop their scheme. A second place of £250 and third place of £100 are also available.

Submissions must include one A1 board and two A4 sheets outlining the scheme’s viability and cost.

The deadline for submissions is 11 May.

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