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RIBA Competition: Shortlist announced for Green Burial reception building


12 December 2012

Press release contact:

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

The shortlist is announced today for the competition to design a non-denominational reception building that will provide commemorative services for a green burial site to be created at Alne Wood Park, near Alcester.

RIBA Competitions is managing the selection process on behalf of Warwickshire landowner Felix Dennis - who is working in partnership with registered charity The Heart of England Forest Ltd. - to plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forest in the heart of England.

The green burial site seeks to complement this overarching vision via an appropriate development which will provide a reliable source of income, increase rural employment, bio-diversity and public engagement with the landscape.

The  Judging Panel consisted of Felix Dennis and David Bliss (Trustees, The Heart of England Forest Ltd.), Colin Shenton (Shenton Group), with Stephen Hodder Hodder+Partners) acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser.

Practices were asked to
show examples of relevant work from their portfolio, together with outlining their preliminary ideas about the project, and proposed approach to design and site context.

The Panel was delighted by the response to the competition which attracted 94 Expressions of Interest from architects based in the UK and Europe. Panel members were impressed by the range of proposed approaches and the understanding of the subject matter demonstrated within the supporting narrative material. The four short-listed practices [in alphabetical order] are:

  • Baumschlager Eberle Hauvette Paris
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Jonathan Hendry Architects
  • Rainey Petrie Architecture

Members of the Judging Panel commented:
'I was completely astonished by the response of architects to this RIBA competition, not just at the number of entries but the grasp of the necessary details and vision exhibited.'
Felix Dennis

'The Judging Panel was impressed and excited by the breadth and quality of the 94 submissions; there is a great deal of creativity in the architectural community and matching this to such an unusual brief will produce one of England`s finest new buildings.'
Colin Shenton

'The competition has been a great success. We are looking forward to seeing the design ideas develop and then working with the eventual winner, the local community and planners to build a structure that will fit perfectly with its surroundings.'
David Bliss

Following more detailed development of the design proposals, the four practices will be invited to present their schemes to the Judging Panel at a final interview to be held in March 2013. 

Notes to editors

  • Please ensure RIBA Competitions is credited when mentioning the above competition. RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run design and architectural competitions. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions
  • The Heart of England Forest Project is a partnership initiative between Warwickshire landowner, Felix Dennis, and The Heart of England Forest Ltd., a registered charity. The aim of the partnership is to plant and preserve a large native broadleaf forest in the heart of England. To date, the Heart of England Forest Project has been responsible for acquiring and planting 2,200 acres of land with native broadleaf sapling, much of it close to veteran woodland also purchased by Mr. Dennis. The project recently established its own tree nursery. For more information go to http://www.heartofenglandforest.com.



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