Maidstone High Street International Design Competition


Letts Wheeler Architects has won the competition to re-design Maidstone High Street as part of a circa £4m public realm improvement project in the town centre.

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Maidstone Borough Council invites submissions to a two-stage, International Open Design Competition for a circa GBP £4m (inclusive of VAT and all design fees) public realm improvement project in Maidstone town centre.

Category Competition Result / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Cityscape, Urban
Country Maidstone, Kent, UK
Registration Deadline 26 February 2009 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 5 March 2009 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility Multi-disciplinary design teams who must be led by a practising, registered architect or landscape architect

To create a high quality town centre public realm specific to Maidstone which will:
1. Enhance its distinctiveness as the County Town through creative and innovative use of design and public art.
2. Improve its vitality and viability to attract more shoppers, visitors and tourists.
3. Retain existing and attract new businesses and enhance the town centre as a pleasant place to live and work.
4. Physically and visually improve the connectivity between the town centre and the River Medway.
5. Reduce the dominance of road traffic.
6. Be easy and affordable to maintain and clean to very high standards.
7. Improve the security and safety of the street scene.
8. Address environmental and health issues including air quality.
9. Be accessible to all users.

Alison Broom / Maidstone Borough Council (Director of Prosperity and Regeneration)
Cllr. Malcolm Greer / Maidstone Borough Council (Cabinet Member for Regeneration)
Cllr. Kevin Lynes / Kent County Council (Cabinet Member for Regeneration)
Robert Sakula / Ash Sakula Architects (acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser)

Each short-listed Competitor will receive an honorarium payment of GBP £5,400

Entry Fee
GBP £40.00

2 x A3, lightweight foam boards depicting the design proposal
Declaration Form
Pre-Qualification Questionnaire

Submission Address
Maidstone High Street Competition
c/o RIBA Competitions Office
6 Melbourne Street

Issue of Memorandum in response to Questions raised: 10 February 2009
Review of anonymous Stage 1 Design Proposals: 9 March 2009 onwards
Deadline for Stage 2 Design submissions: 23 April 2009
Technical review Anonymous exhibition of Stage 2 Design submissions: W/c 27 April 2009
Presentations to Judging Panel: W/c 11 May 2009
Announcement of winner: 13 May 2009

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