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Three shortlisted in Brighton church ideas contest

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Colander Associates has announced the three teams shortlisted in its ideas competition to rethink the future of Grade II*-listed St Martin’s Church in Brighton

London-based emerging practice Emil Eve Architects, Devon’s Trewin Design Architects and Arup were chosen from 28 entries to proceed to the contest’s second round. ARTArchitects and Tom Turner Architects were both commended.

Open to multidisciplinary teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and developers, the competition sought ‘practical, exciting and commercially viable’ concepts to redevelop the 1875 city-centre landmark.

The call for ideas set out to identify new economically sustainable uses for the George Somers Leigh Clarke-designed church located about 1.8km north of Brighton seafront. The overall winner will receive £10,000 and the two runners-up will also take home £6,000 each.

Peter Field, Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and chair of the judging panel, said: ‘The panel were delighted with the interest shown in this competition and it was a hard job assessing so many really good submissions.

‘Four or five in addition to those shortlisted could easily have made it through. However, we believe we have shortlisted three competitors with really innovative and sustainable solutions. All on the panel are looking forward to the final selection.’

Officially known as St Martin with St Wilfrid, St Alban and St Richard Hollingdean – St Martin’s Church was built in the Gothic Revival style in 1875. The building, located a short distance from the Brighton Pavilion, is used for regular Church of England services.

The call for concepts set out to identify practical new solutions to re-energise the Lewes Road complex and secure for the historic building an economically sustainable future.

The three shortlisted teams will now be invited to further develop their proposals and attend an interview with the jury.

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