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Masterplanning contest launched for Turkish city’s harbourside zone

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Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality has announced an open international design contest to masterplan a 26ha coastal site in Bandirma, north-west Turkey

The competition seeks mixed-use proposals to regenerate an abandoned military base on a prominent site on the edge of the Balikesir Province city, overlooking a busy port and the Marmara Sea.

The Bandirma Park project will deliver new retail spaces, two hotels and an extension to an existing design institute on the site, as well as a landscape strategy to protect the area’s natural flora and fauna.

According to the brief: ‘Balikesir [Province] is being replanned in accordance with a new integrative vision shaped by the current state of industrial, tourism, agricultural and transportation sectors by taking advantage of its geographical position.

‘Bandirma is on course to becoming one of the most prominent industrial and logistic cities of the future. Two main elements shaping the city’s development process; industry and R&D, cannot exist without the scientific atmosphere of universities, but more importantly without the ideal urban environment which they need to flourish.’

The coastal city of Bandirma is the main Marmara sea port for the Belikesir Province of north-west Turkey. It is a major regional centre of commercial activity, exporting cereals, wool, meat, cattle, grain and minerals. The settlement is also a key gateway for goods and vehicles travelling between the larger cities of Istanbul and Izmir.

Formerly known as Panderma, the city grew significantly following the opening of the Izmir railway in 1912, with its port hosting steamships from international waters. Fighting during the First World War dramatically halted development, and the city is home to a monument remembering the landing place of the last shell fired during the global conflict.

The competition site close to Bandirma Harbour was used by the Turkish military for storage for more than 40 years. The large sprawling complex was abandoned at the turn of the millennium and passed into local authority ownership last year.

Proposals must retain the listed facades of 21 Grade II-listed buildings on the site along with other ruins. Other unlisted structures can be removed or incorporated into the regeneration concept, which must be approved by the Turkish Heritage Organisation.

Masterplans should include around 30,000m2 of retail, a 10,000m2 4-star hotel with 90 bedrooms, and a 15,000m2 5-star hotel complex with 130 bedrooms. They should also feature a 3,000m2 extension to an existing design institute to create a hub venue for meetings, collaborative workshops, symposiums and debates between local universities.

The new design institute building will contain a 400-capacity main hall with a café and bookshop alongside a further four auditoriums, four lecture theatres, four workshops, a library, fabrication workshop, storage area and offices.

Development on the sloping site – which tapers from 11.8m to 66m above sea level – must not exceed 96m above sea level due to an active military base nearby.

Submissions should include a 300-word summary, accompanied by a four-page project report and PDF documents showing site analysis diagrams, 3D images, floor plans, a site plan, urban context and masterplan. Documents must be printable on to presentation boards for display.

The five-strong competition jury includes Louis Becker of Henning Larsen Architects. The overall winner is set to be announced on 26 March and will receive around £88,000. There will also be a second prize of approximately £62,000, third prize of £35,000, and seven honourable mentions worth around £17,500 each.

The registration deadline is 3 February and submissions must be completed by 23:59 local time (GMT+3) on 24 February.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Balikesir Metropolitan Municipality
Mekik Sokak No:25
Eski Kuyumcular Mahallesi

Tel: +90 266 239 15 10 (Extension: 1491)
E-mail: competition@Balikesir.bel.tr

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