Scotswood Expo – Shortlist Announced
The shortlist for the next stage in the Scotswood Expo Architectural Competition is revealed. Over 140 practices applied to take part of the competition in the hope of being part of 'Expo Link', the centrepiece of the UK's first Neighbourhood Expo. The competition is being organised by the RIBA Competitions Office in association with Newcastle City Council.
The competition site is a central street of 60 new homes in four terraces, arranged around a new park. The Scotswood Expo will be the first phase of a large new community of almost two thousand households, served by new schools, a new local high street and community hub as well as extensive space for start-up and growing businesses.
The shortlisted practices are :- de Rijke Marsh Morgan Ltd; Fashion Architecture Taste (FAT); Featherstone Associates; Malcolm Fraser Architects; JM Architects; Niall McLaughlin Architects; Proctor and Matthews ; Sergison Bates Architects LLP; Space Craft Architects; S333 Architecture & Urbanism; Sarah Wigglesworth Architects; White Arkitekter AB.
Jury Panel member Alex Ely said: "The industry needs to wake up; there are so many talented architects wanting to design mass housing. We were only able to select twelve, but there are clearly many more who should also have this opportunity."
The next stage will seek design concepts with contracts awarded to the best six to develop their designs throughout the terraces in a number of different combinations. Final judging takes place in early December 2008.
The competition is part of the ambitious £400 million Scotswood regeneration scheme, which aims to bring almost 2000 new homes along with striking new public spaces and attractive parkland as part of a 15-year project. New shops, schools and community facilities are also set to breathe new life into Scotswood.
The scheme is supported by Newcastle City Council, Bridging Newcastle Gateshead and English Partnerships. It is one of a string of ambitious projects working to transform the City's West End.