During the many under-employed recession years, to keep my hand in, to explore and push my AutoCAD skills, to sate my design desires I entered a number of smallish Architectural Competitions. Usually as a sole entrants, once with a colleague. Never got an Award or even a Commendation, shot down by the big guns all hunting for work, is my excuse. Presentation was always my weakness and always that one extra expense I could not push the boat out on, considering family demands. That plus AutoCAD never delivered on its promises and I had to work SO hard just to get something to show out of all the frustrating hours I poured over the 3D modelling. But I had fun and reflecting back I still believe I show skills, just of the wrong sort to catch the judges eyes!
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The first competition was:
Run by NHBC and Northern Rock to design a family home for the future on a notional site in Milton Keynes
The second competition was:
RIBA SW Region Glastonbury Library
The brief was to design a new Branch Library on the site of a carsales showroom that was immediately infront of the Glastonbury Abbey ruins. A challenging design!
The third competition was:
Hamilton Square, Birkenhead
The brief was to design a rejuvenated tired old Georgian Square to bring it back into the centre of City life.
The forth competition held 1995 was:
Centro Bus Station, Walsall
It was an international competition to design a new bus station in the centre of Walsall on an existing restricted site with difficult access. The Highway Engineers brief had limited vision and required no reversing. My solution created a bus and pedestrian conflict-free travel with a warm wind-free environment.
The fifth competition was:
Brick Development Association with Mobil Gas
Innovative Housing at Rea Village, Digbeth, Birmingham
The site was large with rundown lowgrade industrial uses and old gasworks, bounded by canals. The brief was to create a new innovative housing scheme.
My Masterplan for the layout of the whole site is:
Schematics of the varying housing forms thought relevant to an important just off city centre site follows:
There were a further two competition entries. Maybe these will turn up later.