A team headed by Scottish practices Sutherland Hussey Harris and Graeme Massie Architects has been shortlisted in an international competition to redevelop Antwerp’s southern docks
The dockland area was filled in during the late 1960s when harbour activity moved to the north of the city and since then the space has been used as a car park and sports park.
The competition will see the car parks moved underground and a new 90,000m2 public space created on the site of the old docks.
The Scottish bid is up against four other practices – Geneva’s ADR Architectes, a team made up of Paris-based Agence TER and Belgians WIT architecten, Denmark’s COBE Architects with Belgium-based BRUT, and the Netherlands’ InsideOutside.
According to the competition organisers, the ‘re-use and re-ordering of this exceptional public space - which is nearly one kilometre long and more than 100m wide - will be a major challenge, but also a great opportunity’.
All the teams now have until 11 January to develop their schemes before presenting to the competition judges at the end of the month.
Work on the €16.2 million public space is expected to begin after the completion of the underground car parks in 2018.