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RIBA-APPROVED 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

PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC SHIPS An architectural/urban design competition for the development of the Historic Ships car park in Queen Street, Portsea, Hampshire. In promoting the competition, the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust is seeking high-quality ideas that, if implemented, would optimise the site's development architecturally, environmentally, socially, and economically. The competition will be run on the basis of competitive interviews, with an added design element.

Expressions of interest by 12 October.

URBAN SUSTAINABILITY The government's Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme has launched its fourth open ideas competition to promote sustainability. 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 surroundings, about a mile from the eastern end of Princes Street in central Edinburgh. A prize fund of £17,500 is 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 in the Cotswolds. Designs should enhance and contribute to the surroundings and architectural heritage. Further information at www. country house. co. uk

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