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Shortlist unveiled in eco-cemetery centre contest

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Feilden Clegg Bradley and Paris-based Baumschlager Eberle Hauvette are among the finalists competing to design a reception building for Alne Wood Park in Warwickshire

Lincolnshire-based Jonathan Hendry Architects and Rainey Petrie Architecture from the Isle of Wight also feature on the four-strong shortlist.

Organised by the RIBA, the competition for landowner Felix Dennis will deliver a non-denominational reception building for commemorative services on a new ‘green’ burial site planned for the park.

The full shortlist:

  • Baumschlager Eberle Hauvette Paris
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Jonathan Hendry Architects
  • Rainey Petrie Architecture

Supported by charity Heart of England Forest, the project seeks to preserve the area’s native broadleaf forest while also establishing a reliable source of income and boosting public engagement with the landscape.

The four shortlisted teams will receive a £4,000 honorarium to present their proposals.

The competition received 94 expressions of interest from architects based in the UK and Europe.  Entrants were asked to show relevant works from their portfolio and to outline preliminary ideas for the project including the approach to design and site context. 

The judging panel comprised Heart of England Forest trustees Felix Dennis and David Bliss, Colin Shenton of the Shenton Group and RIBA president elect Stephen Hodder of Hodder + Partners.

Dennis said he ‘completely astonished’ by architects’ response to the contest, ‘not just at the number of entries but the grasp of the necessary details and vision exhibited’.

Shenton said: ‘The Judging Panel was impressed and excited by the breadth and quality of the 94 submissions; there is a great deal of creativity in the architectural community and matching this to such an unusual brief will produce one of England`s finest new buildings’.

Bliss added: ‘The competition has been a great success.  We are looking forward to seeing the design ideas develop and then working with the eventual winner, the local community and planners to build a structure that will fit perfectly with its surroundings’.

The shortlisted practices will be invited to presesnt their proposals in a final interview with the judging panel in March 2013.


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