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Forgotten Spaces North East 2012: the finalists

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The AJ can now reveal the 21 finalists in RIBA North East’s Forgotten Spaces competition, run in association with the AJ

More than 50 students, artists, designers, planners and architects entered the contest with a variety of proposals to transform disused or overlooked locations across the region.

The schemes ranged from urban farms and new uses for stalled construction sites to riverside driving ranges using fish-food golf balls.

The winner, who will receive a £5,000 prize, will be announced on 7 November. A £2,000 second prize and £1,000 third place award will be offered. All the shortlisted schemes will go on display at a special exhibition in Newcastle in November.

The finalists


1. Nicola Ibbotson – Urban Sculpture Park – Inhabiting concrete walkways with artworks as an extension to the Laing Gallery

2. Will Mawson – TyneTee – Eco driving range on top of the double-decker timber Staithes on the Tyne

3. Ian McArdle – the Lime Kilns Industrial Museum –Reinventing the ruins of the 19th century Marsden lime kilns

4. Nick Simpson – My Eggcellent Idea – Urban agriculture, including a chicken pasture, under a flyover in Newcastle

5. Daniel Burn – the Hailing Station – reinvention of former shipping hailing station at North Shields Fish Quay

6. Otis Murdoch – Symphonic Backwater – the reinvention of  the Lemington Gut with a restaurant, visitor centre and interactive sculptural boardwalk

7. Ali Abbas and Neal Tanna – St James’ Park – a vertical park within the hexagonal advertising hoardings outside Newcastle United FC’s home

8. Kay Glendinning and Brigitte Griffiths – Pink Plaza – a transformation of a dull short cut in Newcastle’s gay area into  an inviting pedestrian route

9. Rumen Dimov, Sarah Rozelaar, Theodora Kyrtata, Fatima Afzal, Mary Cooke-Fox, James Houston – Rethink-Replay – platforms for musicians and an audience in Plummer Chare

10. Philip Miller – Pilgrims’ Rest – place of rest for local residents, shoppers and commuters on a redundant site

11. Greg Walton and Simon Bumstead – Online_Ontyne – filling the empty voids in the Tyne Bridge towers with a cultural warehouse

12. John Robinson Beattie – New City Industries – an architectural system to reuse a redundant steel frame from a failed development

13. Iain Murphy – Lost Icons – a series of periscope-like viewing platforms and interventions along a route in Newcastle

14. Daniel Pearce, Gabriel Hobby and Callum Louch – Home Surveillance – a homeless community contained within the stalls of a disused cinema in Newcastle city centre

15. Kelly Mackinnon and Stephen Roberts – Forgotten River– a new green corridor along the banks of the Ouseburn

16. K4 Architects – Longsands Theatre – overhauling the decaying Tynemouth Lido into an outdoor theatre

17. Paul Jones and Will Campbell – Forgotten Relics – remembering the long-forgotten pilgrimage route to the holy relics of St Mary’s Chapel with a pair of interventions

18. Ollie Currie – City Wall circuit – a series of coloured beams and LEDs marking out the old city walls, creating a circuit for cars

19. Ryder Architecture – Behind the Side – a series of new workspaces and studios along a redundant route in central Newcastle

20. Matt Drury – Augmented Distillery – a reinterpretation of Samuel Stokoe’s 19th century spirit cellar in St John’s Lane

21. Matt Nicholl and William Mackey – Angular Flight – an open-air museum and bird-like bridge across the railway tracks next to Newcastle Central Station

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