Preston Guild 2012 Competition

Sponsor: RIBA, Community Gateway Association

Type: 2 – stage, open

Language: English

Eligibility: The competition is open to all qualified architects and to architect-led multi-disciplinary teams

Registration fee:


Each team invited to take part in the second phase of this competition will receive a payment of £3000.

21 September, 2009 – site visit
21 October, 2009 – submission deadline
9 November, 2009 – shortlist announced
14 December, 2009 – final results announced


Jackie Dixon, Community Gateway, Board Member and tenant
Nigel Roberts, Conservation Officer/Principal Urban Designer, Preston City Council
Dave Warlow, Director of Operations, Community Gateway Association
Peter Hodgson, Architect
Gill Robinson, RIBA Adviser

Design Challenge:
Preston Guild is a famous and unique celebration with more than 800 years of tradition. The Guild dates back to the granting of Preston’s first Charter by King Henry in 1179. Linking the city’s glorious heritage and past with its ambitions for the future, the Guild is Preston’s most important and historic event and is held every 20 years.

Architects are invited to develop innovative design proposals for a social housing development in the centre of Preston, where people will aspire to live.  The winning scheme, with an emphasis on design quality and energy efficiency, will be a project demonstrating that affordable does not equate to ordinary, and should act as an exemplar for future social housing developments in Preston and elsewhere.

Submission Requirements:
Stage one will involve teams submitting design ideas on a single A1 design board, a CD ROM containing a pdf version of the A1 boards and the A4 report.

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