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Thursday31 July 2014

Isle of Wight housing shortlist revealed

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Nine practices due to find out winner next month

Nine firms have been shortlisted for a residential scheme planned next door to a listed fort on the Isle of Wight.

Fort Albert was originally built in the 1850s to protect Portsmouth from foreign warships and is now at the centre of plans by developers Bellbrae Investments and Cleanslate for new homes on the island.

The developers had wanted to change the requirements of the competition – the shortlist would instead be drawn up using the content of entrants’ websites rather than the original brief of submitted designs – but participating architects complained and the format stayed the same.

Now Stitch, Moxon, Barlow Henley, Fletcher Priest and Gollifer Langston have all made the final cut. They have been joined by AR Design Studio, Architecture Initiative, James Armitage and Sheppard Architects.

Cleanslate managing director Mark Fitzpatrick said the developers had received 100 expressions of interest which yielded 70 entries ranging from plans for multiple homes to just a handful. A winner is due to be chosen in January.

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