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Lithuanian ‘Science Island’ contest to launch next month

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Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) is set to launch a major competition for a new National Science and Innovation Centre in Kaunas, Lithuania in June

The organiser of the Doha Art Mill and London Museum Smithfield competitions has been appointed to work up a brief and procurement route for the high-profile project.

Planned to complete in 2018, the scheme will create a new science hub on Nemunas Island close to the landmark Žalgiris Arena and the city’s historic old town.

Backed by Kaunas City Municipality – the proposed Science Island will boost the Kaunas’ reputation as leading tourist destination and key knowledge and cultural hub in the Baltic region.

The national centre will focus on environmental themes and ecosystems with competing designs expected to harness both sustainable and future energy technologies.

Kaunas mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis commented: ‘Science Island is a defining project for Kaunas. It will position the city for the future to develop a smart society attuned to learning, innovation and creativity.

MRC chair Malcolm Reading said: ‘We are honoured and pleased to work with the City of Kaunas to develop Lithuania’s National Science and Innovation Centre.

‘The Baltic region is a crucible for originality in the fields of cultural and scientific innovation and this hugely appealing project has both a mission of great relevance for our times and an exceptional island setting.’

Kaunas is the Baltic state’s second largest settlement and was designated a UNESCO city of design last year.

Further details will be announced when the contest launches in June. Interested parties may register online for additional updates.

How to register

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Sophia White
Malcolm Reading Consultants
10 Ely Place

Email: sophia.white@malcolmreading.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7831 2998

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