A Vision of the Future: Heath Park Design Competition


Sponsor: SOG Ltd.
Competition coordinator: RIBA
Type: Open, International, two-phase, anonymous
Location: The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn, U.K.
Language: English

Up to 12 competitors will be interviewed to reduce the number of entrants to the second phase to three (3) The competitors invited to interview will receive up to £200 expenses towards the cost of attending their interview.

7 January 2020 – Q & A closes
11 February 2020 – Submission Deadline

17 February 2020 – Evaluation of designs and selection of longlist
9 March 2020 – Interviews with longlist competitors
16 March 2020 – Shortlist announced

• Hugh Broughton RIBA, Hugh Broughton Architects
• Prof. Rachel Cooper CBE, Lancaster University
• John Lewis MBE, Managing Director, SGO Ltd.

  • Terry Rogan RIBA, Terry Rogan Architect

Each of the shortlisted competitors will receive £5,000 + VAT upon submission of their proposal. The winner is to receive £20,000 + VAT.

Design Challenge:
The competition will initially ask for non-site-specific, purely conceptual ideas on the design of future workplaces, living spaces and external spaces and how they relate to one another. They do not need to relate specifically to HEATH PARK. The sponsor is interested in ideas which promote health and happiness and help to eradicate loneliness and poverty, but particularly interested in views on how future technologies will play their part.

The context in which any ‘Vision of the Future’ lies is therefore one of significant challenge. We know we need to create places that are resilient to climate change and deliver individual and community health, wellbeing and prosperity. Therefore, such Visions need to consider the social issues that are recognised internationally of:

  • an ageing population where isolation is common, including the increasing costs of health and social care;
  • the causes and possible remedies of growing obesity rates amongst children and adults and the growth of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and poor mental health across the life course;
  • the importance of addressing inequality and poverty in communities.
  • the impact of crime and security on neighbourhoods

At the same time, we must recognise the impact of climate change on our infrastructure, and on the need to reduce our carbon footprint, be more energy efficient and secure our resources, such as the availability of food.

The evidence suggests that if we increase our use of green infrastructure, encourage physical exercise and engagement with the natural and social world, consider new modes of transport and accessibility, we can make places more sustainable and liveable, with resulting benefits on the individual and their community.

All enquiries relating to the competition should go to the RIBA at:
Ph: +44 113 203 1490
Email: riba.competitions@riba.org


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