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Parisian practice bags much-delayed Alne Wood comp

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The Paris office of baumschlager eberle has won the long-overdue RIBA competition to design a reception building for a ‘green burial’ site in Alcester

Be paris | baumschlager eberle has been selected from a four-strong shortlist which included Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Jonathan Hendry Architects and Rainey Petrie Architecture to draw up plans for the £600,000 non-denominational building at Alne Wood.

A winner in the competition, which was run on behalf of publishing legend and poet Felix Dennis, had been expected in the spring. However it is understood the jury went back to the victorious practice for further clarification about the proposed design.

Dennis, who is working in partnership with charity The Heart of England Forest, is forging ahead to plant and preserve a huge native broadleaf forest in the Warwickshire countryside. 

be paris | baumschlager eberle's victorious Alne Wood scheme

be paris | baumschlager eberle’s victorious Alne Wood scheme

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Feilden Clegg Bradley and French practice be paris | baumschlager eberle are among the finalists competing to design a reception building for Alne Wood Park in Warwickshire

Lincolnshire-based Jonathan Hendry Architects and Rainey Petrie Architecture from the Isle of Wight also feature on the four-strong shortlist.

Organised by the RIBA, the competition for landowner Felix Dennis will deliver a non-denominational reception building for commemorative services on a new ‘green’ burial site planned for the park.

The full shortlist:

  • be paris | baumschlager eberle
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Jonathan Hendry Architects
  • Rainey Petrie Architecture

Supported by charity Heart of England Forest, the project seeks to preserve the area’s native broadleaf forest while also establishing a reliable source of income and boosting public engagement with the landscape.

The four shortlisted teams will receive a £4,000 honorarium to present their proposals.

The competition received 94 expressions of interest from architects based in the UK and Europe.  Entrants were asked to show relevant works from their portfolio and to outline preliminary ideas for the project including the approach to design and site context. 

The judging panel comprised Heart of England Forest trustees Felix Dennis and David Bliss, Colin Shenton of the Shenton Group and RIBA president elect Stephen Hodder of Hodder + Partners.

Dennis said he ‘completely astonished’ by architects’ response to the contest, ‘not just at the number of entries but the grasp of the necessary details and vision exhibited’.

Shenton said: ‘The Judging Panel was impressed and excited by the breadth and quality of the 94 submissions; there is a great deal of creativity in the architectural community and matching this to such an unusual brief will produce one of England`s finest new buildings’.

Bliss added: ‘The competition has been a great success.  We are looking forward to seeing the design ideas develop and then working with the eventual winner, the local community and planners to build a structure that will fit perfectly with its surroundings’.

The shortlisted practices will be invited to presesnt their proposals in a final interview with the judging panel in March 2013.

Previous story (AJ 22.10.13)

RIBA launch green burial site contest

RIBA Competition open to designs for a £600,000 reception building at Alne Wood Park, in Warwickshire.

Expressions of interest are sought for the design of a non-denominational reception building that will provide commemorative services for a green burial site to be created at Alne Wood Park.

The woodland, supported by the charity, The Heart of England Forest Ltd, aims to preserve the areas native woodland. The green burial site will support this through providing income, and increasing rural employment, bio-diversity and public engagement within the landscape.

The site aims to offer an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional burial. Friends and relatives will be encouraged to plant trees to commemorate their loved ones.

The competition calls for the proposed building to create a reception building which will provide space for services alongside catering and office facilities.

Up to four teams will be shortlisted and will receive a £4,000 honorarium to present their proposals.

Registrations close on Thursday 15 November 2012 and the deadline for Expressions of Interest is 2pm on Tuesday 20 November 2012.

The contest is being run by RIBA Competitions on behalf of the landowner Felix Dennis.

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