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Down to wire in Wyre

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Two practices have been shortlisted in a competition to transform Wyre’s Waterfront

LDA Design and BCA Landscape were chosen from a shortlist of five after Wyre Borough Council was unable to choose a winner.

Garry Payne, director of planning and regeneration for Wyre Borough Council, said: “Both teams were very different in their approaches, but having come out with equal scores we just couldn’t decide between them.

“This time we will be probing a little deeper into their visions for the waterfront. In particular we want to know how they will deal with the different environments along our coastline.”

The finalists will now make a more detailed presentation next Thursday (13 May) and take part in a question and answer session in front of community groups.

The five shortlisted teams were: Sweden’s White with Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein; BCA Landscape with up-and-coming Liverpool practice Studio Three Architects; Levitate Architecture with art consultants Grit and Pearl; Ian McChesney Architects with Untitled Practice and Peter Kirby; and LDA with Softroom Architecture.

A public consultation will then be carried out before construction on the £1.7m project begins in autumn.

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  • Hardly a 'world class team' as the original brief hailed.

    A bit suspicious that BCA seem to be so well in the running in light of the fact that Stephen Broadbent (a long collaborator of BCA's) appears to be running the show on behalf of the Council.

    What is Cabe doing supporting this kind of inward looking cronyism?

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