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Stitch Studio lands Fort Albert scheme

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Emerging practice sees off strong field of contenders in competition to design residential-led scheme at 19th century sea fortress on Isle of Wight

Stitch Studio has won the high-profile contest to redevelop Fort Albert on the Isle of Wight. The upcoming practice beat AR Design Studio, Architecture Initiative, Bristol-based Barlow Henley, Fletcher Priest, Gollifer Langston, James Armitage, Sheppard Architects and Moxon to land the coveted residential-led job.

Stitch’s ‘Monks View’ scheme, featuring quayside homes, was deemed ‘best in terms of architecture, sympathy with the adjacent fort, accommodation provision, buildability and commercial viability’.

Stitch director Sally Lewis said she looked ‘forward to developing [the] design proposals to create an elegant addition to the Fort Albert coastline’.

More than 70 entries were submitted to the contest, organised by developers Cleanslate and Bellbrae.

Cleanslate managing director Mark Fitzpatrick said: ‘The next step is to consult with the Isle of Wight planners, who, we hope, will agree with our choice of design to replace the extant planning permission on the site.’

Studio Stitch - winner of the Forst Albert competition

Studio Stitch - winner of the Forst Albert competition

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  • I do not wish to be argumentative but what happened to the actual definition of the proposed area for the site. This solution and others demonstrated appear to be infringing on the adjacent property, overlapping and articulating with the old fort.

    We obviously have different opinions as to what is traditional and what is innovative. I wish you luck with your preferred solution.

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