Maxim founder seeks architect for cemetery reception
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.