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Thursday24 July 2014

Maxim founder seeks architect for cemetery reception

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Felix Dennis working with forest charity to develop green burial site

Architects are invited to submit expressions of interest for a new reception building at a green burial site in Alne Wood Park, near Alcester.

The non-denominational building will have a budget of £600,000 and the site is set to serve people wishing to buried in a place that is an “environmentally-friendly alternative to the UK’s increasingly over-subscribed cemeteries”.

RIBA Competitions is managing the selection process on behalf of publisher and Warwickshire landowner Felix Dennis, who is working with The Heart of England Forest charity.

A series of green spaces will be created adjacent to the site’s existing woodland, where people can be laid to rest in caskets made of cardboard or willow, or their ashes scattered. 

Traditional memorial stones will not be erected, with friends and relatives encouraged to plant trees by way of commemorating their loved ones’ passing.

The competition is open to practising, registered architects based in the UK and Europe. 

Expressions of interest (deadline November 15) are sought at Stage 1, together with an A3 sheet outlining preliminary ideas and approach to site/context.  Up to four teams will be short-listed to Stage 2, which will involve more detailed design development and a presentation to the Judging Panel at final interview. 

Each short-listed team will receive an honorarium of £4,000, which will be paid following submission and presentation of Stage 2 design proposals at final interview. 

For more information see http://www.architecture.com/competitions.

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  • MAY I SUGGEST THAT CHARTERED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, ALSO, BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMPETITION. SUCH A PROJECT APPEARS TO BE MUCH MORE IN THEIR DOMAIN THAN 'MERE ARCHITECTS' !
    JOHN MAYSON WHALLEY FRIBA, FRTPI, FLI, PPLI : Longridge, Lancashire.

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  • MY APOLOGIES !
    I MISREAD THE BRIEF! IT WAS FOR A BUILDING - ARCHITECTS ONLY FOR THIS OF COURSE, BUT WHY NOT EXPAND THE COMP INTO ONE TO INCLUDE THE DESIGN OF A MUCH BROADER SCENE ?
    JMW Longridge

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  • May I suggest that chartered landscape architects with a tenuous grasp of English grammar and a lamentably cavalier approach to CAPS LOCK be strongly discouraged from participating.

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  • Munter Roe

    John Wally indeed.

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  • Hear hear Muddy-Mae Suggins

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  • I repeat my apologies to all who have commented - I completely missread the original announcement and far too hastily sprang into print! I really do feel a 'wally'!
    JMW
    ps I do feel, however, that there is a landscape dimension to the project which should be considered as part of the design brief for such a competition.

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  • I would look forward to seeing the submissions of Muddy Mae, Munter and Delirious for this competition but we'd have no chance of knowing as they would hardly use such anonymous pseudonyms if they did enter.

    Doubtless seduced by the image JMW was quick to react as he did, but then equally quick and gracious in the withdrawal of the statement. But he's right - any designer should have the right to enter : a better building may result than the usual plagiarism that passes for architecture these days !

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