Liverpool based practice Union North has won the international design competition to deliver quality new homes to the heart of the housing market renewal Pathfinder on Merseyside.
The winning design will create a blueprint for the Park Street/Grafton Street area of Dingle, one mile south of Liverpool city centre. The new development will straddle the space between the thriving Brunswick Quay docklands area and the improving housing market within Dingle, building on the vibrancy and increasing prosperity of the existing neighbourhood.
The competition will deliver new homes across a range of tenures including outright sale, shared ownership and rental and will be built on existing brownfield sites.
The design challenge was set by the RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) in partnership with the HMR Pathfinder NewHeartlands and local regeneration partners. The partnership and judging panel brought together Liverpool City Council, developer MJ Gleeson Group, INclude Neighbourhood Regeneration, PLUS Housing Group, Cosmopolitan housing association and local residents represented by the Brunswick Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.
Union North beat of strong competition from other finalists:- 3Xnielsen, Arhus, Denmark; Architype, Cinderford, Gloucestershire; Building Design Partnership, Liverpool; Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, London; and Studio Egret West, London.
Noel Adams, Managing Director of Gleeson Regeneration Limited "We welcome Union North to our panel of leading architectural practices across the country. We are working on unique and individual developments that respond to CABE and HBF's "Building for Life" guide and that have a proper sense of place. The RIBA and its architect assessor Gill Robinson have provided excellent support for this design competition."