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RIBA launches Soar Island ideas contest

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The RIBA has launched an ideas competition to regenerate Soar Island in Leicester

Backed by Leicester City Council, the contest seeks proposals to revitalise the islet in the middle of the River Soar which currently features a viewing platform and cement works.

Five shortlisted teams will receive £5,000 each to participate in the contest’s second stage. The winner – set to be announced this summer – will receive a further £5,000.

City mayor Peter Soulsby said: ‘[Leicester] Waterside has the potential to be one of the most exciting large-scale regeneration opportunities in the East Midlands.

‘We have an ambitious long-term vision to transform [Leicester] Waterside into a thriving neighbourhood with great places to live, space for businesses to flourish and attractive links between the riverside and the city centre.’

He continued: ‘Soar Island is at the very heart of that and is a really fascinating part of the city’s riverside. It is a distinctive and highly visible site which has huge potential as a destination itself.

‘By working with RIBA on this competition, we want to attract as wide a range of architects as possible and invite them to create a fitting and ambitious vision for this unique part of Leicester’s waterside, and show us what they think might be possible.’

Judges include Soulsby and Glenn Howells of Bimignham-based Glenn HowellsArchitects.

The deadline for applications is 2pm on 17 March.

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