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Northwich Vision: Open Design Competition

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RIBA to host design competition for new Cultural Centre in the North-West of England

This new competition seeks architects with exceptional design skills to take part in a competition for the design of a new Cultural Centre to be located in the north west of England. The competition is being organised by the RIBA Competitions Office on behalf of the Northwich Regeneration Partnership, an informal partnership of eight leading public sector organisations.

The Centre will provide a focus for community activity and will be a key building that links together a number of important buildings within mid Cheshire, providing a range of public activities including galleries, performance, dance, restaurant, and tourist information.

Competition promoters have aspirations for designs of the highest architectural quality that will help them deliver a coherent vision for their new building. Entrants will be expected to make the most of the attractive riverside setting located in the Baron’s Quay area of Northwich Town Centre.

Lead Councillor for Area Working and Regeneration, Cllr Arthur Wood, said: “The Cultural Centre will be an iconic building for Baron’s Quay and I will look forward to seeing the designs as they come in.”

The judging panel will be looking for designs which combine innovation and creativity with pragmatism and realism. The competition brief is available to download here from 15th December 2008.

The deadline for stage one designs is 10th February 2009.

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