Stage 1 - The Entries

Stage 1 involved an anonymous appraisal of the 139 design proposals submitted in response to a challenging competition brief, which aimed to accommodate 40 apartments with sea views and approximately 4,000m2 of office space on the site. High quality architectural approaches were sought for a long-lasting, sustainable development which would respond to the harbour-side setting and complement Whitehaven's Georgian distinctiveness, rather than offering a pastiche of the local vernacular. The proposals needed to re-connect the harbour-side, which like many former working ports, had tended to turn its back on the adjacent town centre. Whilst allowing Whitehaven to become known as an exemplar of creative, high quality contextual design, schemes also needed to present commercially viable propositions. The 139 schemes were subject to technical review and public exhibition, with comments raised used to help inform the Judging Panel's selection of schemes to proceed to Stage 2 of the competition. The Panel consisted of representatives from Britain's Energy Coast (West Cumbria), Copeland Borough Council, Magnus Homes, Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, together with an RIBA Adviser (Stephen Hodder, Hodder and Partners, Manchester). Anonymity was subsequently lifted and the authors of the 5 short-listed schemes were identified as follows:

Austin-Smith: Lord LLP | Renato Sarno Group Srl and Proginvest Srl | Richard Murphy Architects | RMJM Scotland Ltd | ShedKM Architects

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