RBM Architects has launched an open ideas competition for the Port Royal and the Eastern Town area of Sidmouth in Devon
Open to architects, designers and students of related disciplines – the contest seeks concepts to reinvent the coastal resort which is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Following the River Sid, the competition site has been the subject of several redevelopment visions over the years and is currently owned by a number of stakeholders including Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, South West Water.
Landmarks within the 8km² area include the disused Drill Hall community centre, the Swan Pub, Sidmouth lifeboat station and the Alma bridge which was damaged by floods four years ago.
According to the brief: ‘The future of this strategic local asset is unclear, and during the last decade the site has become somewhat maligned. This competition aims to inculcate new thinking for this part of the south-west, not just architecturally, but also economically, socially, and environmentally.’
The document continued: ‘The site encompasses an area facing several strategic challenges; economic austerity, an aging population, nuclearisation resulting from the pull of urban centres, rising tides, and coastal erosion.
‘Once rival only to sister town Brighton, Sidmouth was an exclusive Regency resort typified by impressive views, landscapes, and Georgian architecture, could Sidmouth use the redevelopment of its Eastern Town to redefine itself?’
The competition has been organised by local firm RBM Architects on behalf of the Eastern Town Partnership.
Proposals could include urban strategies, architectural concepts, small interventions and public works of art.
Submissions may take the form of renders, drawings, photographs of models, photomontages, films, or any other digital medium.
The jury will shortlist five teams and the winner will be decided by popular vote.
Participants must pay a £50 entry fee and the deadline for submissions is midday on 24 June.
How to apply
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