After a six-month wait, Lock Rennie has finally been named as the winner of the ‘Renaissance’ competition to design a portable pavilion for regional development agency Yorkshire Forward (YF)
However, the agency has confirmed it has no current plans to take forward the winning ‘Arbour’ scheme, which was chosen ahead of shortlisted-designs by Oslo-based Various Architects, Liverpool’s ShedKM, Bristol firm 67 Design and London-based WHAT_architecture.
‘The current economic climate continues to force many difficult decisions and unfortunately has led to the project being placed on hold in the shorter term,’ said Elizabeth Motley, head of Urbanism for YF.
‘[Nevertheless we] remain excited by the pavilion and its potentially significant opportunities to maximise the availability of this mobile community space, which demonstrates synergy between good design and usability which without the renaissance investment would not have been developed.’
Even so, Lock Rennie co-founder Jon Rennie said he was ‘hopeful’ YF would continue with the project and expected a further decision to be made within the next three weeks.
He said: ‘[Our testing] shows that the pavilion works economically and we think that there is a good chance YF will push the ¨go¨ button quite soon.’
More than 90 firms entered the RIBA-organised contest to ‘develop an inspirational and demountable structure’ to tour the Yorkshire and Humber region.