Winners have now been announced in the BioRegional Quintain timber hut design competition at Middlesbrough’s £200m RiversideOne development, which will see the winning proposals built at the development on the former site of the town’s Middlehaven Docks.
The winning entry was designed by the archiGRAD team made up of five young architecture graduates Adam Dalby, Anna Nixon, Jamie Nicholson, Yasser Said and Paul Hegarty. Their winning entry named coffeETea was chosen by a panel of experts including representatives from BioRegional Quintain, Northern Architecture and Middlesbrough Council.
CoffeETea, which scored highest against the entry criteria, was chosen as the winner because it was judged to be an innovative and plausible scheme that could be adapted to all the proposed uses including a miniature theatre, a coffee bar, bike shelter and beach hut.
The first prize of £1,000 was awarded to the archiGRAD team, with a further prize of £500 for the runners-up, The Smoke Hole – James Perry and Claire Harper. BioRegional Quintain anticipates that the first hut will be placed on the development next year and we are looking to work with the winners this year in bringing forward their designs.
Commenting on the winning design, BioRegional Quintain managing director, Pete Halsall, said: “We are delighted with the creativity and quality of the submissions for this competition. Our idea was to create the opportunity for younger designers and entrepreneurs from the region to forward their ideas to create buzz, animation and liveliness at Middlehaven through the timber huts. It was hard choosing the winner from the very high standard of entries and we look forward to developing some of the structures at the development."
Nick James, BioRegional Quintain’s sustainability projects manager, added: “The winning design offers a very strong concept which responds to our brief in a creative and challenging way. The architectural approach taken complements the bold Riverside One masterplan and the judges felt that the designers have proposed a flexible and fun solution.”
RiversideOne is completely regenerating the docks and once complete it will comprise 750 homes, Grade A offices, prime retail units, a hotel and public events space. Built according to sustainable principles, it will be the UK’s largest zero carbon development.
Work is well underway on the first apartment building at RiversideOne. Called CIAC (Community in a Cube), the building will be nine storeys high and comprise 80 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments priced from £79,995 to £199,995. The first residents are expected to be able to move in this autumn. The developments follow a major reclamation programme led by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which returned the site to productive use and attracted the new Middlesbrough College and Manhattan Gate office buildings to the area.
The timber hut design competition was run by Northern Architecture, the architecture centre for the North East of England and entrants are all under 34 and are architects or designers based in the region. The competition was the brainchild of internationally renowned architect Professor Will Alsop, who was also responsible for RiversideOne’s original masterplan.
Carol Botten, director at Northern Architecture, commented: “We were delighted to run this design competition on behalf of BioRegional Quintain with its particular focus on sustainable designs and encouraging submissions from early career north east designers. The entries showed the breadth and depth of emerging design talent in the region and we look forward to seeing the structures come alive.”
The initiative is the latest development in the area’s long-term regeneration, following an £18m remediation process led by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which is also supporting the BioRegional Quintain’s RiversideOne scheme.
“In a difficult economic climate, it is great to see Middlehaven not only continuing to progress but also encouraging innovation and creating opportunities for young North East architects,” said Chris Munro, area manager for the HCA. “With work underway on RiversideOne and improved transport links, as well as the college’s new ‘A’ level campus, the area is continuing to move forward.”