Birnbeck Island


Levitate Team wins Birnbeck Pier and Island Competition

A design concept which reflects the past, whilst adding exciting new contemporary buildings, has won the international architectural competition staged by Urban Splash and the Royal Institute of British Architects for Birnbeck Pier and Island, Weston-super-Mare. Urban Splash will now work closely with the winning team from Levitate Architecture and Design Studio Ltd to develop the outline concept into a final design.


The five other shortlisted entries were submitted by:
AOC Architecture Ltd, London
FLACQ Architects, London
MOH Architects, Vienna
Pierre d'Avoine / White Young Green Planning & Design, Cardiff; and Richards Partington Architects, London


This is the chance of a lifetime to create an exciting development for a fantasy island in Weston-super-Mare.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International Architecture Project Competition
Genre Redevelopment
Country Weston-super-Mare, UK
RegDeadline 9 November 2007 GoogleCal iCal
9 November 2007
Eligibility Registered Architects or Designers in collaboration with other design disciplines.


We are running this competition as we want to deliver an outstanding seaside development, which realises the potential of the site and reinforces the regeneration of Weston-super-Mare.

Working in association with the RIBA, this is an International Architecture Competition and a notice has been placed in the European Journal (OJEU).

Urban Splash is looking for inspiration. We want to transform Birnbeck into a beautiful, awe-inspiring destination. We want to deliver a fantastic development with public access, new attractions and facilities to draw more residents, workers and tourists back to Weston.

We want Birnbeck to be THE place again.

We want your designs.

To download the simplified competition brief click here (PDF)


See competition brief

Competition Type
Anonymous Competition

Design Commission

Entry Fee

Interview of Finalist: December 2007
Notification of Winner: January 2008

Urban Splash / RIBA

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