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Gateway Goes For Guild


19 November 2009

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

Gateway goes for Guild Social Housing, Preston - Shortlist announced

Community Gateway Association, Preston’s largest housing association has announced the names of the 4 shortlisted teams in the competition to design a social housing development in Preston city centre, anticipated to be built and occupied to coincide with and celebrate Preston Guild 2012.

Preston Guild is a famous and unique celebration with more than 800 years of tradition. The Guild dates back to the granting of Preston's first Charter by King Henry in 1179. Linking the city's glorious heritage and past with its ambitions for the future, the Guild is Preston's most important and historic event and is held every 20 years. The next Guild is in 2012 with the theme of 'Innovation and Creativity'.

Architects were invited to develop innovative design proposals for a social housing development in the centre of Preston, where people would aspire to live. The winning scheme, with an emphasis on design quality and energy efficiency, was to be a project demonstrating that affordable does not equate to ordinary, and act as an exemplar for future social housing developments in Preston and elsewhere.

74 first stage entries were received and included submissions from Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Greece, Portugal, France, Serbia, and the Netherlands. The four shortlisted teams in alphabetical order are:

Conran & Partners, London

KOSI Architects, Chichester

Original Field of Architecture, Oxford

RCKarchitects, London

Each of the shortlist will attend a final interview on the 8th December and discuss with the assessment panel their proposals. Each of these teams will receive an honorarium of £3,000.

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