Mole Architects, Feilden + Mawson and emerging London firm Mills Power Architecture have been shortlisted to design a £750,000 visitor centre for the Broads Authority at Acle Bridge, Norfolk
The three practices were chosen from 95 entries into the anonymous design competition for a landmark structure for visitors to the 303km² Broads National Park, Britain’s largest protected wetland.
The winning scheme will sit on a 1.1ha riverfront plot next to the River Bure, transforming the site into a major new tourist destination featuring educational displays and views over the surrounding natural landscape.
The site, next to the A1064, currently features a shop, car parking, private and public moorings and an out-of-use public toilet.
According to the brief, the new building will ‘harness innovative construction techniques’ and feature multipurpose education spaces along with a café and toilets, a cycle hire centre and facilities for boaters.
Acle Bridge, Norfolk
John Last, vice-chancellor of the Norwich University of the Arts and chair of the Acle Bridge design competition panel, said: ‘[We] felt that each of these three had real potential to achieve a sustainable environmentally sensitive intervention into the landscape reflecting the values of the Broads Authority, while offering innovative design solutions and creating a potential landmark building, sensitive to its local environment.
’The three shortlisted practices each have different strengths and we now look forward to the presentations from these practices to consider in greater detail the design and the ways that it can be realised with strong value for money, environmental awareness and design innovation.’
- Acle Bridge National Park & Education Centre Feilden + Mawson (Norwich)
- The Large White Mole Architects (Cambridge)
- The Periscope Mills Power Architecture (London)
The three firms will each be given £1,000 to work up their final design. The winner will be announced on 27 July at the Broads Authority Meeting.
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