RIBA Competitions organised and managed this two stage international open design competition on behalf of former Central Salford URC, Salford City Council, the University of Salford's Centre for Construction Innovation, NHS Salford and BRE.
The competition, launched in August 2010, invited architect-led consortia to enter an open, two-stage competition to design and build a new exemplar family housing scheme, on a 1.45ha brown-field site in the heart of the Greengate area of Salford across from Manchester city centre.
The promoters were looking for a visionary development that combined innovation and sustainability whilst responding to existing and anticipated lifestyle, health and educational needs of the community.
The aim of the project is to develop new models of family housing close to the city centre that will be capable of accommodating changing housing needs over a lifetime.
The competition was held in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. On receiving 59 entries, the authors of up to 10 schemes were selected for interim interview prior to a shortlist comprising 3 teams being invited to develop their designs and proposals for discussion at a final stage interview.