New Visitor Destination & Public Open Space at Cronton Colliery


The challenge to design a pioneering new visitor destination on a former colliery has inspired creative teams across the world to push the boundaries of landscape and architecture. The Land Trust's international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South Korea, Japan and Italy.

Four of the most inventive schemes were invited to the final stage - HASSELL, Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture & Matthew Riley.

Following an interview with each team Michael Lee Architects was announced as the winner at a private event held on Thursday 19 April.

Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, explains why Michael Lee Architects were chosen, "Michael displayed a strong empathy with both the site and the Trust's ambitions. The design really excited us and the creative consortia Michael assembled brought a compelling and thought-provoking ideology to the table. His ability to truly consider the built and open environments really impressed us and as such he's a worthy winner of the competition. We look forward to working with Michael and his team on the project."

A highly commended selection of entries, including the finalists and winner, is currently on display at the Leeds Design and Innovation Centre, 46 The Calls, Leeds, LS2 7EY, until Friday 4 May. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.


National land charity the Land Trust and RIBA Competitions is launching an international competition to find the most inspirational design and funding team to create a new visitor destination and public open space at the former Cronton Colliery in Knowsley.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Landscape
Country UK
RegDeadline 15 February 2012 GoogleCal iCal
15 February 2012
Eligibility All

This document forms the brief for the first stage of the competition to select an architect or architect-led design and funding team to create a masterplan for a new public open space and visitor destination at the former Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside.

The competition is open to architects and architect-led multi-disciplinary design teams and is being run by the Land Trust in association with RIBA Competitions. The competition will be in two stages, judged anonymously in the first stage. A shortlist will then be invited to enhance and present their designs and potential funding propositions at interview as part of the second stage.

It is the intention of the Land Trust to identify an architect or team who is able to demonstrate an empathy and understanding of the site based on its past and future contexts, as set out in this brief, and in line with the vision and values of the Land Trust.

Selection at first stage will be based upon preliminary concepts and ideas in response to the information outlined in this brief. These should be presented on 2 A1 boards accompanied by a short A4 written report.

Catherine Burd, Burd Haward Architects, RIBA Adviser
Deborah Holmwood, The Land Trust
Matthew Bradbury , The Land Trust
Pete Swift, Landscape Architect, Director Planit-IE
Other members TBC

The three shortlisted teams will each receive an honoraria of £1,500, with an additional £500 prize money awarded to the winning scheme.

Entry Fee
£50.00 + VAT

Announcement of Result: w/c 26 March 2012

Land Trust

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