The Kelpies Design Competition, Winner, Falkirk Scotland, UK, Architects
The Kelpies Architecture Competition : Falkirk Design Contest
The Kelpies Competition : RIAS Design Contest
23 Mar 2012
‘The Kelpies’ Design Competition Winner
‘The Kelpies’ Internal Space Design Competition Winner
DUNDEE-BASED ARCHITECTS AWARDED £1MILLION CONTRACT TO DELIVER UNIQUE TOURISM EXPERIENCE IN SCOTLAND
A Dundee-based architects’ practice has beaten global competition to secure a £1million contract to deliver a unique visitor experience, which will form part of one of the most exciting community projects in the UK.
Nicoll Russell Studios, whose head office is in Broughty Ferry, has been selected to deliver the prestigious contract following a design competition and tender process managed by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) seeking ambitious designs for a functional but visionary visitor centre as part of the £41 million Helix Project near Falkirk.
The Kelpies, Scotland - winning design by Nicoll Russell Studios:
images © Nicoll Russell Studios
The practice will also deliver their designs for an internal public space located within a 30m high Kelpie head - a Scottish mythical water horse - created by world-renowned sculptor, Andy Scott, in a move that will establish a dramatic, multi-sensory experience anticipated to generate significant levels of repeat visits.
The Helix Project is a transformational programme of works set to turn a 300-hectare area of under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving new green space, comprising:
- central park and lagoon
- cycle network and foot paths
- woodland areas
- canal hub and extension connecting Grangemouth with the Firth of Forth network
- series of public artworks
- the Kelpies - two 30m high structures in the shape of two horses heads created by the internationally renowned Andy Scott
Nicoll Russell Studios’ designs were selected by a panel of four judges for their use of light, space and strength of visual elements as well as the connection between the two separate structures, which work seamlessly together to create a distinctive experience.
Brian Moore, director of RIAS Consultancy said; “The calibre and level of response to the competition was overwhelming and myself and the other judges had a tough time trying to shortlist five let alone decide on a winner.
“Ultimately, we were looking for a practice whose designs best met the objectives of the wider project and which would deliver an architecturally outstanding but realistic proposal within the given budget.”
The Kelpies, Scotland - winning design by Nicoll Russell Studios:
images © Nicoll Russell Studios
Andy Baxter, a partner at Nicoll Russell Studios, said: “Winning this design competition against an international field is a superb accolade and we are delighted with the outcome. It reinforces the profile of our practice, continuing a string of success across the UK and we are looking forward to seeing the designs move from the drawing board into reality.”
Sculptor Andy Scott commented on the chosen designs. He said: “It was a tough decision but for me, I could see how the internal space and visitor centre would work together. These are exciting times and I am delighted by both the prospect of seeing the designs come to life and to the contract being awarded to a Scottish company with an international reputation for excellence.”
Mike King, programme director for the Helix Project, welcomed the outcome of the competition. He said: "This is a great result and demonstrates the quality and strength of architecture and design in Scotland.
“Nicoll Russell Studios’ designs are dynamic and engaging and showed a clear understanding of the requirements of the brief, set against the backdrop of the wider project objectives. The Helix is amongst the most exciting transformation programmes under way in the UK right now and one of our key aims is to create a unique multi-visitor experience that will firmly establish the project as a ‘must see’ destination on the national and international tourism map.”
The Helix Project is being delivered by the Helix Trust in partnership with Falkirk Council, British Waterways Scotland and Central Scotland Forest Trust and has been part funded by a £25million lottery grant awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.
This project aims to establish a multi-functional outdoor space (a Living Landmark) for the local and wider Scottish community that will encourage pursuits such as walking, running, cycling and sailing and the creation of a key international visitor destination, which will significantly boost the local economy.
The Kelpies Design Competition winner, information from RIAS
9 Nov 2011
‘The Kelpies’ Design Competition
Unique Architectural Challenge Launched
‘The Kelpies’ Internal Space Design Competition
The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland has been commissioned by the Helix project in Falkirk to manage an important competition to select an architect-led, multi-disciplinary team. The competition is for the design of the internal space within a giant sculpture of a horse’s head. The structure will be set within one of two horses head sculptures, ‘The Kelpies’, by world renowned sculptor, Andy Scott. The competition also seeks the design of a complementary visitor hub on the Helix site where the Kelpies will be located. The Helix is a £43 million project which is transforming land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a vibrant new parkland and visitor attraction set to open in 2013. The project has been awarded £25 million by the Big Lottery Fund’s Living Landmarks programme.
The Kelpies, Scotland:
picture : Graeme Gilmour
The Kelpies Design Competition, commissioned on behalf of the Helix by Falkirk Council, is in two stages, the first being an open stage, inviting architects to submit a 400 word statement setting out their reasons for their team being shortlisted. In the second stage five shortlisted bidders will be invited to submit two A1 boards and to attend an interview with the judging panel. The panel will consist of:
- Andy Scott, Sculptor
- David Dunbar, Immediate Past President of the RIAS
- Steve Dunlop, Director, Scotland, British Waterways
- Robert McMaster, Head of Roads and Design, Falkirk Council
The closing date for the initial submission of 400 word statements is 5 December 2011.
Key developments in phase one - opening summer 2013 - include a central park with its own enclosed lagoon and outdoor events space. There will also be a new canal link featuring the Kelpies® - two towering sculptures in the shape of horse’s heads.
The Kelpies Design Competition, information from RIAS
Another Scottish design competition organised by the RIAS:
Whitecross Design Competition Winner Ideas contest winner
19 Oct 2010
Malcolm Fraser Architects
picture © Malcolm Fraser Architects Ltd
Gareth Hoskins Architects
picture © Concrete & Clay
Elder & Cannon Architects
picture © Elder and Cannon Architects
picture © HTA Architects Ltd
picture © Barton Willmore, Karakusevic Carson, RMJM, STRATA
Result of Whitecross Design Competition
As part of the Scottish Government's Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI) RIAS Consultancy, from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, has been managing a Design Ideas Competition for a proposed sustainable housing development at Whitecross in West Lothian.
The competition sought design idea proposals from registered architects, working in partnership with developers/housebuilders, for a proposed low carbon community at Whitecross, near Linlithgow. The Whitecross project has been selected as an exemplar project by the Scottish Government as part of the SSCI.
Forty-one pre qualification submissions were received and a shortlist of five was selected by the judging panel. The shortlisted practices were (listed alphabetically):
- Elder & Cannon Architects Ltd
- Gareth Hoskins Architects Ltd
- HTA Architects Ltd
- Malcolm Fraser Architects Ltd
-RMJM Scotland Ltd.
These practices prepared proposals for the judges to assess in association with interviews held on 14th October 2010. Images of the submissions can be viewed on the RIAS website www.rias.org.uk
It is proposed that the shortlisted competition entries will be on public display for viewing at the Urban Room at the ground floor of Edinburgh City Council offices at Waverley Court. Further details of dates and times for viewing will be released soon.
RIAS Consultancy is pleased to announce that the winner is Malcolm Fraser Architects.
Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop said,
“The delivery of high-quality sustainable housing is at the heart of what this Government wants for communities across Scotland. The SSCI design competition has illustrated the depth of design talent in Scotland, with the five short-listed practices presenting bold and challenging architecture.
“I am delighted that all of the submissions demonstrate high-quality and creative solutions, taking account of commercial viability and responding to the particular requirements of the Whitecross site. These solutions showcase how innovative responses can help deliver places of real and enduring value in a time when the economic backdrop forces us all to be more resourceful.
“The winning team of Malcolm Fraser Architects has submitted an original and innovative proposal that I hope will be an important exemplar for the design and construction sector and help deliver low-carbon communities and sustainable economic growth for Scotland.”
The Chair of the judging panel, David Page of Page \ Park Architects, said,
“A strong shortlist of architecture and development teams competed for the first phase of development of the community extension for the village of Whitecross. Working to the masterplan conceived by Cadell2 the five consortia explored variations on the themes of creating a new sense of place on the site of a former brickworks near Linlithgow working to the brief of providing homes to meet the 2013 building regulations with their requirement for a 40% reduction in CO2 production. This Scottish Government initiative with Morston Developments is one of a number to lift the standard of place making and energy efficiency of new communities.
Elder and Cannon Architects enthused the jury with their sense of crafted place through the synthesis of courtyard typology and earthy brick materiality overlaid the CCG prefabricated timber frame technology.
HTA‟s partnership with Dualchas promoted a modular plan and sectional typology explored through their innovative work in the west coast of Scotland uniquely fused here with HTA‟s community based initiatives to promote community ownership of streets and public spaces.
RMJM boldly reconceptualised the masterplan with the identification of a wide variety of house typologies and settings to deliver a closer linkage between the existing village and proposed new settlement extension.
Gareth Hoskins Architects‟ careful reworking of the masterplan with Crudens was commended by the jury for its manipulation of a modular frame system to create a variety of street settings that would quickly establish a sense of contemporary place.
First place was awarded to Malcolm Fraser Architects with Stewart Milne Homes for development of themes explored at nearby Bo‟ness and more recently at the Scotland‟s Housing Expo. This consisted here of groupings of housing arranged around a sequence of courts and rows linked by a pedestrian spine stretching from the masterplan proposed civic garden in the north down to the river woodland walk to the south. Clever manipulation of the building typologies adapted to the Cadell2 masterplan through adaptation of Stewart Milne Homes‟ prefabricated timber frame systems with innovative suggestions to the commercial development of the anchoring High Street.”
David Dodge, Chief Executive, Morston Assets Ltd said,
“We are delighted that our vision for Yours Whitecross has generated such exciting high quality proposed design solutions throughout this competition. The key focus of the „Yours‟ brand is that the homes are sustainable in both design and use, are built within home zone layouts and facilitate home working and entrepreneurialism. We believe that this has been achieved by all of those shortlisted and was especially apparent in the winning entry. We look forward to delivering a truly sustainable community at Whitecross which delivers Good Homes, Good Jobs and Good Neighbourhoods.”
Scottish Architecture News
21 Jun 2010
Scottish Government Sustainable Housing Ideas Competition
As part of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI) the RIAS is managing a design competition based around the SSCI exemplar site at Whitecross, near Linlithgow. The competition, launched today, seeks housing and urban design proposals that combine high levels of sustainability and reductions in carbon emissions with a sensitive response to place and context.
It is expected that design proposals will reflect a ‘new vernacular’ for Scottish architecture that demonstrates how environmentally-sensitive designs might influence both the architecture and urban layout of contemporary development.
“I look forward to seeing high-quality and creative responses developed for Scotland. What is different about this competition is that designs, while inspiring and innovative, must be realistic and commercially viable. Designing original and inventive buildings that can be realised and replicated is a vital element in supporting the construction sector to deliver the low-carbon communities that Scotland needs.”
The SSCI design competition is a restricted competition, split into two stages. The initial stage of the competition, launched today, invites expressions of interest and the completion of a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). The second stage will involve the release of more detailed information to a maximum of five shortlisted parties. These parties will then be invited to submit design proposals to be judged by a specialist panel.
The Whitecross Design Competition is an architect-led ideas competition and is open to registered architects. It is expected that architects will work with other design professionals of their choosing in order to develop designs in sufficient detail for assessment by a judging panel.
A key objective of the Whitecross Design Ideas Competition is the development of designs that combine innovative responses to sustainable lifestyles with commercial viability. Architect teams invited to develop design for stage two of the competition will be required to have a developer involved in the team to provide information of costs and marketability.
Honoraria of £3,000 will be awarded to unsuccessful shortlisted bidders taken forward to the design proposal stage. The winner will receive £10,000. Following the announcement of the competition winner, the architect/ developer team behind the winning entry will be expected to work with Morston Assets to develop the designs further.
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