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Britannia Basin competition attracts massive interest

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Urban Splash's quest to reinvent the speculative home through its Britannia Basin competition (aj 12.11.98) has attracted more registrations than for any other project competition, according to the riba.

The 431 registrations - including a high degree of overseas interest - have been bettered only by a 1990 ideas competition for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which garnered 921 registrations and 377 submissions. With prizes on offer totalling £30,000, the deadline for the bid to build up to 100 units on a canalside site in Castlefield, Manchester, is 4 February.

Two women have now been appointed to help judge the competition, after a letter criticising the absence of female representatives was sent to the aj. English Partnerships head of special projects Marie Hodgson joins the main panel, and Urban Splash interior designer Fiona Woodward joins the technical-assessment panel. The competition will be judged at the House of Lords on 25 February by a panel headed by Lord Rogers of Riverside.

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