Cronton Colliery Competition – winner announced
The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery has inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape and architecture. The Land Trust's international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South Korea, Japan and Italy.
Four of the most inventive schemes were invited to the final stage - HASSELL, Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture & Matthew Riley.
Following an interview with each team, Michael Lee Architects was announced as the winner at a private event held on Thursday 19 April.
Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, explains why Michael Lee Architects was chosen:
'Michael displayed a strong empathy with both the site and the Trust's ambitions. The design really excited us and the creative consortia Michael assembled brought a compelling and thought-provoking ideology to the table. His ability to truly consider the built and open environments really impressed us and as such he's a worthy winner of the competition. We look forward to working with Michael and his team on the project.'
A highly commended selection of entries, including the finalists and winner, is currently on display at the Leeds Design and Innovation Centre, 46 The Calls, Leeds LS2 7EY, until Friday 4 May. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.