Mersey Observatory Competition

Result

A 50m high illuminated tower has won the international design competition for the proposed Mersey Observatory on Crosby beach. The design by Duggan Morris Architects emerged as the frontrunner in thousands of votes and comments from local people, and was the unanimous choice of the judging panel.

Duggan Morris Architects Ltd
Duggan Morris Architects, based in Shoreditch, is headed up by Mary Duggan and Joe Morris. Mary and Joe studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture.
The practices’ current portfolio ranges from private residential commissions to large-scale commercial, developer –led and affordable housing projects.

Overview

Open design competition for the design of an innovative, architecturally striking and unique signature structure at the Crosby Radar Tower site, located at the mouth of the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool.

Category Competition Result / Project Competition
Type International Landscape/Archi. Project Competition
Genre Visitor-Center
Country UK
Registration Deadline 26 November 2007 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 10 December 2007 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Registered architects and Architect-led teams

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Description
Mersey Basin Campaign invites submissions for an international open design competition for the design of an innovative, architecturally striking and unique signature structure at the Crosby Radar Tower site, located at the mouth of the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool.

The design will inspire and encourage people to visit the site and understand the dynamics of man and nature on the coastal edge. It will have a positive impact on the natural environment of Crosby Coastal Park and will include a café, education and interpretation space, staff accommodation, toilets, lobby and entrance spaces.

Jury
Walter Menzies (Chief Executive, Mersey Basin Campaign)
Ian Hamilton Fazey (Waterloo Residents Association)
Laurie Peak (Liverpool Biennial)
Tim Bowes (Peel Ports)
Louise Morrissey (Peel Holdings)
Ian McChesney, RIBA Appointed Independent Advisor
Northwest Regional Development Agency (Representative to be confirmed)
Mersey Waterfront Regional Park (Representative to be confirmed)
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council (Representative to be confirmed)
Joanne Wallis (RIBA Competitions Officer - observer status only)

Judging Process
Two-Stage, Anonymous (1st stage)

Prize
Design Commission
Each Stage Two competitor will receive an honorarium of GBP £6,000

Entry Fee
£35.00

Entries
Stage One:
Competitors should submit their anonymous design on no more than two lightweight, A1 foam boards. This should be accompanied by a digital copy (PDF format) of the board(s), together with an A3 colour hard copy reduction(s).

Timetable
Shortlist announced: w/c 17th December 2007
Stage 2 submissions: Late January 2008
Public consultation: February 2008
Stage 2 presentations: Late February 2008
Announcement of result: March 2008

Promoter
Mersey Basin Campaign

Official Website
http://www.ribamerseyobservatory.co.uk/

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