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Sutherland Hussey shortlisted for Yorkshire community hall

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Sutherland Hussey has been named on a four-strong shortlist to design a new community hall and sports pavilion in Sessay, North Yorkshire.

The practice is up against fellow Edinburgh-based outfit Faed Browne Architects, London’s Daykin Marshall Studio with Edward Hutchison and emerging practice Gibson Thornley Architects.

The RIBA-managed, international design competition attracted eighty six submissions from practices acround the globe.

The second stage of the contest will see the four shortlisted practices provide extra design details for their proposals ahead of a public exhibition of the work over the Christmas period.

The competition is the first to be funded by the Government’s Homes and Community Agency ‘Community led Project Support Funding Programme’.

Robin Snell, acting as the RIBA Adviser and chair of the Judging Panel said: ‘This was a terrific response to the first stage of the competition, with creative approaches to the brief for this emerging building typology – a Village Community Centre combining Cricket Club, Bowls Club, multi-use Hall and Social Centre.

‘The four selected concepts represented those best able to be developed further to produce an innovative design proposal’.

Parish Council Chair John MacPherson said: ‘We have been staggered by the number of entries we have received to this competition, and absolutely delighted with the quality of the designs, and the innovative approaches taken by the entrants.

‘It has been a difficult decision for the panel - to arrive at a shortlist of just four. We hope that the extensive debate we have already had, will help steer us towards a fabulous new community hub that is not only fit for purpose, but is also environmentally friendly and sustainable’.

RIBA Competitions are designed to deliver choice, inspiration and value to clients through competitive selection from architecture practices both in the UK across the world through open design competitions.

The winning team will be expected to deliver ‘striking new facilities’ which will meet the future demands of the community and cater for increasing visitor numbers.

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