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New Homes for Neighbourhoods Competition

RIBA Competitions announces an open design competition on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council.  The competition is seeking innovative designs for affordable housing across four sites that are considered potentially challenging to develop by virtue of their size, context and/or restricted access.

The closing date for submission of the initial PQQ returns is 17.00hrs (BST) 24 April 2015.

The competition is being run within the council’s New Homes for Neighbourhoods Programme, to bring forward much needed new homes on council housing land.  Included in the programme are former garage and car parking sites on council housing land at Hinton Close, Rotherfield Crescent and Natal Road, which are in need of regeneration.  A small council owned commercial parking site in Frederick Street within the North Laine area has also been included to add an additional urban dimension to the design competition.

The competition is open to fully qualified architects who are registered to practice in the UK and could present an ideal opportunity for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SME’s) generally, as well as practices based in the Brighton and Hove area, to showcase their design skills.

The competition will be organised over three phases, with the initial phase involving submission of a concise Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.  The design phase of the competition will initially require eligible participants to select and submit anonymous proposals for two of the four sites.  Up to 20 concept designs (up to five per site) will be long-listed for public consultation, from which a Judging Panel will identify a preferred scheme for each site for further development during the second phase of the competition.

The four short-listed teams (one per site) will be invited to develop their design ideas, to demonstrate the viability of the proposals and their ability to assemble a team to deliver the scheme.  Each short-listed team will receive an honorarium of £5,000 (+VAT) which will be paid following submission and presentation of Phase 2 design proposals at final interview.  Following the interviews, the Judging Panel will have the option of recommending that each team is then initially appointed to take their respective scheme to planning.

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