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Ideas contest launched for Dundee youth facility

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The Dundee Institute of Architects has launched an ideas competition for a new facility for children and young people in Seabraes Yards

The contest seeks proposals for a new public space or building within the city’s AIM-masterplanned Seabraes Yards regeneration zone.

The former railway depot, located a short distance from Richard Murphy’s Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and Kengo Kuma’s under-construction V&A Dundee, is being transformed into a new mixed-use development for local creative industries.

‘Seabraes Yards, Dundee is renowned for its expertise in digital media and creative industries,’ says the competition brief. ‘Seabraes provides a dedicated space to build on these successes by becoming a hub for the digital media and cultural industries, incorporating both commercial and residential space.

‘The site is within walking distance of the University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee Contemporary Arts and the University of Abertay Dundee.’

Key developments in the area include District 10 (pictured), an incubator building designed by AIM and constructed from shipping containers. A new footbridge connecting the regeneration area to Dundee’s riverside was also delivered by Nicoll Russell Studios earlier this year.

The Seabraes Yards Sketch Design competition is one of 400 or so events taking place across Scotland as part of the RIAS’s 2016 Festival of Architecture, a key part of the Scottish Government’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations.

Proposals could be for a new park, sports facility, recreational activity or user group space. Schemes may be open or closed to the elements and will be expected to promote young people’s learning, health and wellbeing. The competition is open to architects, students and the public. 

The winners will receive a cash prize from a £500 competition fund courtesy of Dundee Institute of Architects and Scottish Enterprise Tayside.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 26 November.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: dia.foa2016@gmail.com

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