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Details of RIBA-approved competitions are available from the RIBA Competitions Office, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds LS2 7PS, tel 0113 234 1335, fax 0113 246 0744, e-mail riba. competitions@mail. riba. org URBAN SUSTAINABILITY The government's Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme has launched its fourth open ideas competition to promote sustainabilityand the design advice service. The theme of this year's competition is urban sustainability and entrants will be invited to explore various issues.

The 5ha site is the Lochend Butterfly and its surrounds, which lies about a miles from the eastern end of Princes Street in central Edinburgh. A prize fund of £17,500is on offer. The deadline for submissions is 28 February.

COUNTRY HOUSE Open competition for the design of a new country house to be built in a Gloucestershire valley, on a site comprising 32ha of pasture and woodland. The site enjoys an elevated position on the south-facing slopes of a valley in the Cotswolds. Designs should enhance and contribute to the surroundings and architectural heritage. Further information at www. country house. co. uk OTHERS STOCKPORT COLLEGE Second phase of an accommodation refurbishment strategy. Formulation will involve extensive consultation with delivery and support departments. Contact Stockport College of Further and Higher Education, Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UQ.

Deadline 16 October.

EDINBURGH OBSERVATORY New facility within the current site comprising laboratory facilities, a lecture theatre, associated offices and other support accommodation. Tel 0131 668 82 72, or e-mail jwaugh@rias. org. uk. Deadline 28 September.

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