The RIBA has launched an open competition for a £325,000 visitor centre in Langley Vale Wood, Surrey
Open to architects, designers, landscape architects and students – the contest seeks ideas for a 300m² structure featuring toilets and shelter for the site’s 180,000 annual visitors.
The new facility for The Woodland Trust aims to raise the profile of the 260 hectare landscape which has been designated as England’s First World War Centenary Wood.
Intended as a ‘living tribute’ to those affected by the First World War, the site close to the M25 currently features around 56 hectares of ancient woodland and is understood to be where soldiers trained for trench warfare.
Woodland Trust project development manager Philippa Borrill said: ‘Langley Vale Wood, England’s Centenary Wood, will be the site of our very first visitor hub in England.
‘We are very excited to invite architects to help us design a unique building in fitting with a growing landscape. The winning design will help us welcome thousands of visitors each year to experience and enjoy native broadleaf woodland.’
Three designs will be shortlisted in February following an open, anonymous first round.
Finalists will then receive a £3,000 honorarium to develop their designs ahead of interviews with the judging panel in late April.
Judges include Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight and Sarah Wigglesworth of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects who will be acting as RIBA client advisor.
The deadline for registration is 2pm on 20 January and first stage entries must be submitted by 27 January.
How to apply