As part of the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is managing a design competition based around a site in Whitecross, Linlithgow
The RIAS seeks housing and urban design proposals that are sustainable and sensitive to context.
Pre-qualification questionnaires must be submitted by 19 July.
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As part of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI) the RIAS is managing a design competition based around the SSCI exemplar site at Whitecross, near Linlithgow. The competition seeks housing and urban design proposals that combine high levels of sustainability and reductions in carbon emissions with a sensitive response to place and context.
It is expected that design proposals will reflect a ‘new vernacular’ for Scottish architecture that demonstrates how environmentally-sensitive designs might influence both the architecture and urban layout of contemporary development. Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said: ‘The design and development of sustainable housing is at the heart of what this Government wants for communities across Scotland. This Design Competition is an exciting opportunity for practices to come forward with bold and challenging architecture that can contribute to sustainable development and the fight against climate change.
‘I look forward to seeing high-quality and creative responses developed for Scotland. What is different about this competition is that designs, while inspiring and innovative, must be realistic and commercially viable. Designing original and inventive buildings that can be realised and replicated is a vital element in supporting the construction sector to deliver the low-carbon communities that Scotland needs.’
The SSCI design competition is a restricted competition, split into two stages. The initial stage of the competition, launched today, invites expressions of interest and the completion of a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). The second stage will involve the release of more detailed information to a maximum of five shortlisted parties. These parties will then be invited to submit design proposals to be judged by a specialist panel.
Details on how to enter this first stage of the competition can be obtained by email only from RIAS Consultancy – email firstname.lastname@example.org
The competition is an architect-led ideas competition and is open to registered architects. It is expected that architects will work with other design professionals of their choosing in order to develop designs in sufficient detail for assessment by a judging panel.
A key objective of the competition is the development of designs that combine innovative responses to sustainable lifestyles with commercial viability. Architect teams invited to develop design for stage two of the competition will be required to have a developer involved in the team to provide information of costs and marketability.
Honoraria of £3,000 will be awarded to unsuccessful shortlisted bidders taken forward to the design proposal stage. The winner will receive £10,000. Following the announcement of the competition winner, the architect/ developer team behind the winning entry will be expected to work with Morston Assets to develop the designs further.