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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

CHURCH COMMUNITY CENTRE Expressions of interest are sought for a competition for the redevelopment of St Luke's Church in Cannock, West Midlands.Up to four practices will be invited to submit designs for a multipurpose new building to accommodate offices, function room and conference facilities. Each invited practice will receive an honorarium of £2,000.

Deadline for expressions of interest 3 December.

GEOLOGICAL GARDENS Two-stage competition for an outdoor exhibition centre, incorporating a series of geological gardens on a site in Nottinghamshire. The competition is organised on behalf of the British Geological Survey, the UK's national centre for earth science research and expertise.

Architects, landscape architects, artists, sculptors and engineers, working individually or in teams, may apply. Stage 1 submission deadline 8 January.

URBAN SUSTAINABILITY The government's Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme has launched its fourth open ideas competition. This year's theme is urban sustainability. 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. Submission deadline 28 February.

Richard Haut operates the weekly 'competitions' e-mail service - telling architects about thousands of projects that they can apply for across Britain, Ireland and Europe.

Tel 0033 6 73 75 02 76, e-mail hautrichard@hotmail. com, web communities. msn. com/ RichardHautscompetitions

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