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Tuesday29 July 2014

RIAS launches Kelpies design competition

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Architects asked to design internal space for vast horse-head sculptures

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) is asking architects to submit entries for the design of the internal space within a giant sculpture of a horse’s head.

Falkirk Council has commissioned the RIAS to manage the competition to select an architect-led team for the project and is asking for a 400-word statement of intent in the first stage.

Five shortlisted bidders will be invited to submit two A1 boards and attend an interview with the judging panel.

The structure will be set within one of two horse head sculptures by Andy Scott, known as the Kelpies - the mythical water horses of Scotland’s lochs, which were designed to act as gateways to the canal connecting the Firth of Forth with the Clyde in Glasgow.

The 10-storey sculptures will weigh up to 400 tonnes and stand a third higher than the Angel of the North.

The competition also seeks the design of a visitor hub on the same site. Closing date for the initial submissions is December 5.

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