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Thursday17 August 2017

Austrian practice wins burial competition

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Site owned by publisher Felix Dennis

The Paris office of Austrian practice Baumschlager Eberle has won an RIBA competition to design a building for a green burial site owned by the publisher Felix Dennis.

The practice beat off 93 other submissions in a two-stage process judged by Dennis, founder of Maxim, and others including RIBA president Stephen Hodder.

The non-denominational reception building will provide commemorative services at the burial ground to be created at Alne Wood Park, near Alcester, Warwickshire.

Landowner Dennis, working in partnership with The Heart of England Forest charity, plans to establish a large native broadleaf forest. 

The green burial site seeks to support the vision by providing a reliable source of income, increase rural employment, bio-diversity and public engagement with the landscape.

The firm was selected from a four-strong shortlist which also included Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Jonathan Hendry Architects and Rainey Petrie Architecture.

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