Malcom Reading Consultants ha organizzato un concorso di progettazione articolato in due fasi che si concentra sulla rigenerazione e sulla rinnovazione di un sito emblematico nel cuore dei West Princes Street Gardens di Edimburgo, attualmente occupato dal Ross Bandstand.
La prima parte della competizione si basa sulla selezione di un team internazionale e multidisciplinare sulla base delle esperienze passate e sulla corretta interpretazione delle richieste del bando. Al termine di questa fase sarà selezionata una rosa di cinque o più squadre. Ai finalisti sarà data la possibilità di elaborare un progetto per un nuovo padiglione, creando un luogo accogliente, contemporaneo e flessibile, capace di integrarsi nel contesto storico e ambientale e di generare uno spazio dove residenti e visitatori possano interagire tra di loro, oltre che godersi una varietà di eventi culturali durante tutto l'anno.
Per coloro che accederanno alla seconda fase, la sfida fondamentale della progettazione sarà la sostituzione del Bandstand esistente con un nuovo padiglione dal design originale e di qualità. Il progetto dovrà dar vita a un'immagine in cui, a livello internazionale, sarà possibile identificare l'intera Edimburgo e re-immaginare una delle aree più importanti per la città.
The Ross Pavilion International Design Competition focuses on regenerating and renewing an emblematic site at the heart of West Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, which is presently occupied by the Ross Bandstand. This nationally-important space, positioned below Edinburgh Castle in the UNESCO World Heritage site, is the seasonal focus for some of Scotland's most high-profile events, notably Hogmanay and the International Festival's closing fireworks.
The Ross Development Trust seeks an outstanding multi-disciplinary team for the £25m project to: design a new landmark Pavilion to replace the Bandstand; design a visitor centre with café; and subtly update and improve the surrounding landscape. The initiative is intended to create a flexible contemporary venue, which is sensitive to context and historic setting, and one where both residents and visitors can engage with a variety of cultural events all year round.
This is a two-stage competition. The first stage is an international search for a multi-disciplinary design team, based on relevant skills, past experience and an understanding of the project brief. It will culminate in the selection of a shortlist of five or more teams. The second stage will involve a further briefing to these finalists, who will be asked to produce concept designs. As part of a wideranging consultation process, the Trust will hold an exhibition of the schemes and ask the public for their views.
For shortlisted competitors at stage two, the essential design challenge will be the replacement of the existing Bandstand with a new Pavilion of exemplary design quality inspired by, and appropriate to, the significance of its setting. The design should be an original of international quality and significance, creating an image that will, over time, come to be associated with Edinburgh. The Ross Pavilion and Gardens project should be considered within the context of an integrated landscape masterplan for West Princes Street Gardens, the aim being to reimagine and reanimate one of the most important civic spaces in the city, whilst considering its connections to the wider city area. The new Pavilion must be compatible with the different existing and potential botanical, civic, cultural and commemorative uses of West Princes Street Gardens, which include a tranquil respite from the surrounding urban area; a daily venue for small-scale indoor and outdoor events; and a space for occasional large-scale outdoor events attracting up to 8000 people (3000 seated, 2000 standing and 3000 elsewhere in the Gardens).
The Trust is seeking creative teams which are led by an architect and demonstrate expertise in landscape, engineering, heritage and planning.
Expressions of Interest will be received through the online form before Monday 13th March 2017. Submissions will not be accepted after this date.
Tender submissions will be received up to Friday 9th June 2017.
Following the competition, the winning team will be expected to work with the Ross Development Trust and the City of Edinburgh Council to develop their concept design.
An honorarium of £10,000 will be awarded to each of the unsuccessful shortlisted teams following the selection of the winner.
- Competition launched | Thursday 9 February
- Deadline for questions | 14:00 GMT Wednesday 1 March
- Deadline for submissions | 14:00 GMT Monday 13 March
- Tender stage launched | Mid-to-late March
- Shortlist announced | Mid-to-late March
- Site visit | Early April (TBC)
- Final submissions by shortlisted teams | 14:00 BST Friday 9 June
- Exhibition Launch | Mid-June
- Jury Day | Mid-July (TBC)
- Winner announced | Early August
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