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Friday01 August 2014

New Islington Site Life competition launches

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BD’s sister title has Property Week has teamed up with developer Urban Splash to launch a competition for a vacant site within the New Islington development in Manchester.

The competition, open to anyone over the age of 18, is the spearhead for Property Week’s Site Life campaign to find good interim uses for sites mothballed during the recession, which has been backed by BD.

“You would have to be a killjoy not to want to see a site that has been left to rot find a new use. But are temporary uses such as allotments the best we can do? Of course they aren’t,” said BD editor Amanda Baillieu.

“There is no reason why these sites could not be transformed into architecturally interesting spaces.”

New Islington is one of the country’s most prominent regeneration projects and includes Will Alsop’s Chip’s building, but large swathes of it are still awaiting development.

A 0.7 ha plot, with active building sites on either side, has been made available for free on Old Mill Street for the winning project which will occupy the space for the entirety of 2011.

Entries should comprise of up to three pdf files capable of being reproduced and understood at A3 size. A moving image file of up to three minutes can also be submitted.

The deadline for entries, which should be sent via email to sitelife@propertyweek.com, is August 27. A competition winner will be announced on September 24 and the site will be made available for the installation of the project from October to December.

For terms and conditions, more details and a map of the site, please see the competition pdf.

BD editor Amanda Baillieu will sit on the judging panel with Ian Simpson, Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham, Maria Balshaw, director of the Whitworth Gallery, the HCA’s north-west regional director Deborah McLaughlin, New Manchester chief executive Eddie Smith and Property Week editor Giles Barrie.

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  • james francis

    Regarding Amanda Baillieu's comments on allotments, is this not rather dismissive? The Cuban example of urban organic market gardens providing cheap local food on redundant sites with community involvement would suggest it is a worthy suggestion if looked at in detail. Also it is worth considering many current allotment sites are of not the most accessible to certain groups with disabilities so this type of use could be a true opportunity for a creative design approach?

    (Although from the brief the adjacent sites might make this site not the best example)

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  • I think that anything which would make the area look nicer would be great. The pay/display carpark which has been opened on the disused land outside Chips doesn't look really nice and the project would've been better placed there instead, but instead the other side of the road should be good.

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