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Race on for new Canadian Uni campus as global contest launched

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Architects from across the world have been invited to bid to transform a university campus in Winnipeg

Practices have until 11 March to submit proposals for phase one of the competition to develop the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry Campus.

The Canadian university wants to transform the campus into a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable urban village.

The winning team will draw up a campus plan to identify a planning and design framework for development of the 279 ha site.

It will also produce a conceptual plan for the 49 ha Southwood Precinct, formerly home to the Southwood Golf and Country Club.

This will illustrate opportunities for residential and mixed-use retail and hospitality space. A phase one site plan will be included for 8 ha of this Southwood Precinct.

A demonstration project on this precinct will consist of mixed-use, multi-generational residential development as well as public spaces that accommodate both students and the wider community.

Up to seven finalists will be selected for the second, more detailed design phase – and a winner will be announced in October.

For more details of the competition, see the dedicated website.

British practices were recently urged to make hay in Canada while the market remained buoyant (AJ 27.07.2012).

In July 2012, Victor Smith, chief executive of Toronto-headquartered Ingenium – which owns UK practice Archial – said the country held many opportunities for architects in the short-term.

But no British firms made the six-strong shortlist for the Inuit Art and Learning Centre in Winnipeg last autumn.

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