Landscape designers get chance to show off skills in CABE contest

Competition seeks young designers to develop plans for three housing schemes.

A competition launched by CABE will give landscapers the opportunity to show how they can successfully lead regeneration projects, say organisers. The Government’s adviser on architecture, urban design and public space has launched Europan 9 UK. The biennial competition will see young design professionals submit housing schemes for three development sites, in Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield and Milton Keynes. This year, the theme of the competition is sustainable cities and new public spaces. CABE senior enabling adviser Peter Maxwell, responsible for selecting the sites, said the theme shows the important role of landscaping. He said: “This is the first year that landscape architects and designers can lead teams. Usually the focus is on buildings, but landscapers can help move the debate on. The Milton Keynes site, for example, is an opportunity to break down the established street format in the city.” This year’s panel of judges includes Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects and Neave Brown of Neave Brown Architects. In Stoke on Trent the competition site is on the slope of a hill near the Caldon Canal. The Sheffield site has panoramic views over the city and into the Peak District National Park and is within a large, inter-war housing estate. In Milton Keynes — Fairfield — the area falls within the western expansion area of the city. * For more information on entering the competition, visit www. europan.org.uk

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