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Cronton Colliery Exhibition


29 March 2012

Press release contact:

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

Cronton Colliery Competition Finalists on Exhibition

Venue: The Leeds Design & Innovation Centre, 46 The Calls, Leeds
Exhibition dates: Monday 2 April - Friday 1 June 2012

The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape and architecture.  The Land Trust and RIBA's international design competition attracted 50 entries from all around the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South Korea, Japan and Italy.

Four of the most inventive schemes have been announced as finalists:  HASSELL, Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture & Matthew Riley.

These four projects will be on display with a selection of other thought-provoking schemes.

Explaining the innovative competition, the Land Trust's chief executive Euan Hall commented, 'The former Cronton Colliery is a fabulous space that has the very real potential to become a magnificent 21st century visitor destination for the North West.

By working with RIBA Competitions on this we are hoping to change the way design teams create schemes in the future.  We believe that open spaces have the potential to be the catalyst for change and can impact far more than just the 'environment'.'

Notes to editors

 For further information regarding the exhibition or images please contact Julia Davies, Marketing & Business Officer, on 0113 203 1490 or julia.davies@riba.org.

The Leeds Design & Innovation Centre is located at 46 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EY. Tel: 0113 245 8182. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. All exhibitions are free to enter.

RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run competitive processes. For further information visit www.architecture.com/competitions.

The Land Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a cost-effective management solution for open space and green infrastructure. This land can deliver significant community benefits, improving health, social cohesion, providing an educational resource and uplifting the local economy. 

The Trust's portfolio includes a diverse range of sites that encompasses the whole spectrum of public spaces, from large country parks to small areas of landscaping, including ecologically sensitive nature reserves, play areas, community woodlands and urban parks. 

The aim of the Trust is to provide long-term sustainable management of open spaces across the country. We already own some 1,000 hectares of land, with a strong balance sheet to provide financial stability and secured foundation capital for our operations. Our open spaces are a crucial part of the social landscape, delivering a range of significant benefits for residents and businesses. Safe and accessible open space allows communities to come together and individuals to develop and relax through physical activity and recreation. Well designed and maintained open spaces are outdoor classrooms, gyms and theatres. They change lifestyles and improve health and wellbeing, so we take them seriously. For further information visit www.thelandtrust.org.uk. 



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