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RIBA opens Brighton in-fill housing contest

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The RIBA has launched an open design contest for a series of ‘challenging’ residential sites in Brighton

The contest – backed by Brighton & Hove City Council – seeks proposals for four urban plots constrained by their ‘size, context, overlooking issues and/or restricted access.’

Sites include former garages and car parks at Hinton Close, Rotherfield Crescent and Natal Road.

A car park in Frederick Street – close to the iconic North Laine market – will also be included.

The competition is part of the council’s ‘New Homes for Neighbourhoods’ programme which aims to deliver new housing on local authority-owned land.

Participants may develop strategic design approaches for any two of the four sites. Five anonymous concept designs will be shortlisted for each competition site.

The winning schemes may be taken forward for delivery and the design contest could become a precedent for future local development.  

Brighton & Hove City Council head of city regeneration, Nick Hibberd said: ‘These are challenging sites to develop due to their size, context or restrictive access.  However, they are typical of many of the sites available for new homes in the city.’

He continued: ‘Brighton & Hove City Council is keen to support the growth and development of smaller architectural practices.

‘We hope that the Competition will inspire them to produce some innovative designs for these sites in ways which will be engaging and entirely relevant to residents living in the area.’ 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 24 April.




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