RIBA Competition shortlist announced for Mixed Use Development in the Town Centre of Maidenhead
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of Ryger Maidenhead Ltd/The London & Aberdeen Group with their long term associates, Smedvig Eiendom AS of Norway are delighted to announce the shortlist for the design competition for a mixed use development to reinvigorate a prominent site in Maidenhead Town Centre.
The competition seeks an architectural practice that can bring imaginative thinking to build upon a high level strategic master plan, developed in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and to produce a high quality, affordable scheme that sits comfortably within its context.
The new scheme will be a mix of retail, commercial, offices and residential buildings with associated underground parking and a new public town plaza. The scheme seeks to improve accessibility and links with the Nicholson Shopping Centre and car park, the High Street and the Maidenhead railway station (Western terminus of CrossRail 2019), which will create a stimulating and vibrant living and working environment whilst raising the Town Centre’s profile as a new destination for shoppers, workers and inhabitants and a new attractive central meeting place.
The competition received an excellent response and the shortlisted teams selected (in alphabetical order) are:
- Allies and Morrison
- Eric Parry Architects
- Rick Mather Architects
- Studio Egret West
Sarah Williams, S Williams Architects, acting as the RIBA Adviser and who has assisted developing the master plan with Ryger Maidenhead and RBWM over the last few months, commented: "We had some fantastic submissions and actually increased the number on the shortlist as it was such a difficult decision to make. We are really excited about our shortlist and believe we have chosen teams that are quite different in their approach. We are now looking forward to the next stage of the competition."
Mr Douglas Higgins, Managing Director, London & Aberdeen Group said: “The 34 submissions were hugely encouraging and of an extremely high standard, illustrating the significance of this site and its future potential. All of the firms would have been capable of delivering a good scheme, but after a day of deliberation the judging panel decided on the most appropriate four architects. We are all confident that they will provide wonderfully creative, elegant and varied design solutions for the regeneration of this key site in Maidenhead.”
The shortlisted teams will now work on their design proposals and will be invited to present these to the judging panel in April 2014.
Posted on Tuesday 4th March 2014