Winner chosen for 43ha Cronton Colliery transformation

The international competition to transform 43ha Cronton Colliery in Merseyside into a landscaped parkland with lagoon has been won by Michael Lee Architects.

Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside - image: Land Trust
Cronton Colliery site in Merseyside - image: Land Trust

The practice beat three shortlisted rivals last week to overhaul a site in Knowsley that has been closed and partially derelict for 20 years.

Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust which ran the competition, said:

"Michael displayed a strong empathy with the site and the Trust’s ambitions.

"He brought a compelling and thought-provoking ideology to the table and his ability to consider the built and open environments impressed us."

The winner was chosen after interviews with Hall and co-organiser RIBA Competitions. Michael Lee Architects will now firm up design ideas.

The design team also includes Mike Wells of BioDiversity by Design, an ecology practice based in Bath.

A representative said said:

"Apart from a little woodland and three chimneys, the site is bare.

"Land Trust wants the land to self-generate income so this could mean an eco-hotel, visitor centre or some other form of architecture.

"Landscape will play a large part, with more woodlands and paths, green gyms, BMX parks, ranger services and camping."

Dates for work to start depend on the planning application and funding strategies.

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