'The Wall'

RIBA launches international design competition for new UK landmark

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce the launch of an international open design competition for ‘The Wall’ -a structure made of a million bricks to represent answered prayer. The competition is being managed on behalf of the charity Network, The Evangelical Council for the Manchester Area Trust.

‘The Wall’ competition is a unique opportunity for talented designers to unleash their creativity to design a new dramatic and inspirational UK landmark, a significant commission of public art.  The idea of a former Leicester City FC Chaplain, Richard Gamble, this structure will consist of a million bricks each representing an individual answered prayer.  Potentially the size of 62 houses, it is intended to be built by the side of a motorway.  In April 2016 over £47,000 was raised through crowdfunding with people from across the world getting involved in this innovative project.

“It was a real thrill for us to hit our crowdfunding target earlier in the year.  That has enabled us to partner with the RIBA to run a global design competition.  Now in just a matter of months we will be able to get an idea of what ‘The Wall of Answered Prayer’ will look like.” 
Richard Gamble

Renato Benedetti, Benedetti Architects and RIBA Adviser said: 
We are looking for very high quality, deliverable, innovative submissions which will inspire and intrigue.”

The competition is open internationally to architects, engineers, artists, sculptors, technologists and other related design professionals.  Collaborations amongst these disciplines are also encouraged.  The initial phase of the competition will require teams to submit designs anonymously, in digital format only.  The closing date for first stage entries is Monday 7 November at 2pm.

The high profile panel of judges including: Renato Benedetti, Benedetti Architects, RIBA Adviser; Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP; Baronness Sal Brinton; and Pam Rhodes (Broadcaster, Writer and BBC Presenter Songs of Praise) will consider the entries and up to five concept designs will then be shortlisted to participate in the second phase.

“This project has created a lot of interest since the idea was launched earlier this year, with many people asking what might this Prayer Landmark look like. Over these coming months, we will see people around the world join the journey, submitting concept designs. I anticipate a large number of entries to keep the judges on our toes, as we carefully see the next stage of this project come alive." 
Stephen Timms MP.

Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £4,000 + VAT.

For further information about how to enter the competition please visit: www.thewall.org.uk/riba-competition

For press enquiries please contact Adam May on tel: 07736 949 869 or email press@thewall.org.uk




Notes to Editors: 

1. ‘The Wall’ project is encouraging those who have prayed to Jesus and believe their prayer was answered to share their story on www.thewall.org.uk  and donate funds to help finance this unique piece of public art via www.thewall.org.uk/donate

2. For each brick built in The Wall a brick will also be donated for social housing both in the UK and abroad.  Any excess funds from the project will be donated to charity.

3. It is expected that ‘The Wall’ will bring significant economic benefit to the locality where it is built.  The Angel of the North estimates that the installation in Gateshead has generated more than £500m to the area to date.

4. A shortlist of potential sites is currently being drafted with the preferred site hoped to be announced in the summer of 2017.

5. Judging Panel

  • Renato Benedetti, Benedetti Architects, RIBA Adviser
  • Anna Pepperall, Public Art Curator (Angel of North)
  • Jes Fernie, independent curator and writer
  • Stephen Timms MP
  • Baroness Sal Brinton
  • Pam Rhodes, Broadcaster, Writer and BBC Presenter Songs of Praise
  • Victoria Lawrence, Founder ‘Abigail Ministries’
  • Richard Gamble, CEO ‘The Wall of Answered Prayer’

6.  RIBA Competitions delivers choice, inspiration and value to clients through expertly run competitive selection processes. The dedicated RIBA Competitions team can help you explore the full potential of your project, for further information visit www.architecture.com/competitions or email RIBA.Competitions@riba.org

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Posted on Thursday 8th September 2016