Tuesday22 August 2017

Practices deluge visitor centre competition with entries

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More than 250 chase Surrey woods work

An RIBA competition for a scheme to build a new visitor centre at an ancient woodland site in Surrey has attracted more than 250 entries.

Just three firms – London practices Studio Octopi and More Design along with Bath-based Mark Wray Architects – have been shortlisted with each receiving an honorarium of £3,000.

The so-called Visitor Hub will be built at Langley Vale Wood, a 260ha site on the edge of the M25 near Epsom.

Client The Woodland Trust wants the 300sq m hub to raise the profile of the wood as a destination for local residents, day visitors and volunteers. It has been named as England’s First World War Centenary Wood for the trust’s First World War Centenary Woods project.

Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight said: “Selecting just three designs was incredibly difficult but we were thrilled to see how our First World War Centenary Woods project had captured the imaginations of so many.”

Interviews will be held at the end of April with a winner due to be announced early in May. RIBA advisor is Sarah Wigglesworth.



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  • 247 practices working for free. And we wonder whats going wrong with the industry

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  • John Lee

    Cthululu - how right you are! Welcome to the second oldest and least well paid profession.

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