National Wildflower Centre


Almost 150 international entries.

Ian Simpson Architects with Adams Kara Taylor Engineers and Hoare Lea Engineers has been announced as winners of the competition to design a new innovative, architecturally striking educational, conference and seed production complex at the National Wildflower Centre in Knowsley, part of the Liverpool City Region which is intended to be one of the first buildings in the country to be rated BREEAM “Outstanding”.


The National Wildflower Centre invites submissions for an international open design competition for the design of an innovative, architecturally striking educational, conference and seed production complex at the National Wildflower Centre, off Junction 5 of the M62 in the Liverpool City Region within the administrative Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Architecture, Landscape, Public
Country Liverpool, UK
RegDeadline 22 December 2008 GoogleCal iCal
7 January 2009 GoogleCal
Eligibility Registered architect and architect-led teams

The National Wildflower Centre is located within the walled garden of Court Hey Park, an attractive Victorian park of 14 hectares, landscaped with wildflowers. The proposed new complex will complement the 150 metre long Civic Trust and RIBA Award winning building developed as part of the Millennium project that established the National Wildflower Centre in 2000. The National Wildflower Centre currently draws around 30,000 visitors to the park on average with 9,000 school children participating in educational activity. The Centre want to improve the overall quality of the visitor experience, meet the latent demand for additional visitors and conference delegates and facilitate a wider range of events and activities in the future.

Tony Jones, National Wildflower Centre
Lucinda Antal, National Wildflower Centre
Grant Luscombe, Landlife
Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council - TBC
Rod Holmes, Grosvenor - TBC
Gerald Scarfe, Patron of the National Wildflower Centre – TBC
Richard Tracey, North West Regional Development Agency
Sue Carmichael, RIBA Adviser

An honoraria of £6,000 +VAT will be awarded to each of the shortlisted competitors.

Entry Fee

1 A1 panel accompanied by a short report on a single A4 sheet.

Shortlist announced: 16 January 2009
Deadline for stage 2 submissions: 13 February 2009
Stage 2 interviews: 4 March 2009
Winner announced w/c 9 March 2009

National Wildflower Centre

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