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St Mary Redcliffe Architecture Competition Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe Architecture Competition Bristol

Location: Redcliffe, Bristol, England, UK

Bristol Visitor and Community Centre Design Contest organiser: Malcolm Reading Consultants

St Mary Redcliffe Church Bristol
photograph : Emily Whitfield-Wicks

FAMOUS BRISTOL CHURCH WITH LINKS TO AMERICA SEEKS ARCHITECT FOR NEW SOCIAL, EXHIBITION AND SUPPORT SPACES

JURY INCLUDES AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER SIMON JENKINS AND ARTIST LUKE JERRAM

St Mary Redcliffe and Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) today (November 26, 2015) launched the St Mary Redcliffe Design Competition.

The two-stage design competition seeks an outstanding architectural team for the £12-15m project, which will give the church new community, social and support facilities. The initiative is linked to wider regeneration plans, placing the church at the heart of a new urban village within Bristol’s city centre.

Grade I listed and the architectural equivalent of many European cathedrals, the church is one of the largest parish churches in England and notable for its connection with many important historical figures, including George Frederick Handel and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It has links with America through artefacts relating to John Cabot’s voyage of 1497 and Admiral Penn; the latter, the namesake of Pennsylvania, is buried within the church.

Elizabeth I described it as ‘the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England’.
St Mary Redcliffe attracts tens of thousands of visitors and tourists annually. Built, and then re-built, over a 300-year period from the early 13th century to the 15th century, the church embodies magnificence, but has always lacked sufficient community and support spaces for its vital work in one of the most deprived wards in the country.

The development project, the focus of this design competition, will incorporate a range of facilities within a building or buildings: administrative and support spaces, exhibition spaces, a café, a shop, a meeting hall, and an expanded/new community centre.

The Reverend Dan Tyndall, vicar of St Mary Redcliffe, said:
“St Mary Redcliffe is both a living church and a national landmark. Not only do we plan to expand our local outreach and mission but also increase people’s delight and enjoyment of the church. Our ambition is to create an outstanding experience for all, creating a welcoming atmosphere, offering hospitality and showing off some of our many treasures – which are currently locked away.

“We’re searching for a team who will be really energised and excited by this project, who will understand the local and the international, the historic and progressive aspects of this fascinating challenge.”

Malcolm Reading, architect and competition organiser, said:
“This is a heart-stoppingly beautiful building, which has suffered from unsympathetic post-war planning – it has been stranded in a road network.

“The proposed redevelopment will position the church at the centre of Redcliffe, presenting the opportunity for it to become a true centrepiece, serving both its neighbouring community and national and international visitors.”

The competition project will run concurrently with a wider regeneration project, The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Plan, which makes the church the focus of a new urban village within the Redcliffe area.

At the first stage of the design competition, Expressions of Interest are sought (rather than designs); at the second stage, up to five shortlisted teams will be asked to produce concept designs. To enter the competition, architects will need to visit:

http://competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/stmaryredcliffe

The competition is being run in accordance with European Union procurement guidelines under the Restricted Procedure. Competitors will need to upload their responses through the Delta procurement portal via the web address above.

The competition jury includes journalist, broadcaster and author Simon Jenkins, and Bristol-based contemporary artist Luke Jerram, who was responsible for the Park and Slide installation, which last year turned Bristol’s Park Street into a giant water slide.

Malcolm Reading will advise the jury.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Friday 15 January 2016, the shortlist for the second stage will be announced in February and, following a public exhibition of the shortlisted entries, the winning team is expected to be announced in late May 2016.

St Mary Redcliffe Design Competition

BEACON OF POSITIVITY
St Mary Redcliffe Church
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Described by Elizabeth I as ‘the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England’, St Mary Redcliffe is both an ecclesiastical jewel and a dynamic, living church – a beacon of positivity, helping the least-advantaged and marginalised within the city of Bristol.

AMBITIOUS REGENERATION
The church is ambitious to expand its outreach and mission activities. It is also determined to increase people’s enjoyment of the building by creating an outstanding visitor experience. The church’s development project, the focus of this design competition, will run concurrently with a wider regeneration project, The Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Plan, which seeks to place the church – Grade I listed and the architectural equivalent of many European cathedrals – at the heart of a new urban village within the city centre.

GRACE & INSPIRATION
St Mary Redcliffe attracts tens of thousands of visitors and tourists annually. Built and then re-built over a 300-year period from the early 13th century to the 15th century, the church embodies magnificence, but has always lacked sufficient support spaces for its important work in one of the most deprived wards in the country.

THE COMPETITION
This is a two-stage design competition; at the first stage, expressions of interest are sought; at the second, designers will be asked to respond to the church’s vision for an integrated scheme, incorporating a range of facilities within a building or buildings: administrative and support spaces, exhibition spaces, a café, a shop, a meeting hall, an expanded/new community centre – all aimed at enabling the church to engage more fully with the local population and visitors, offering hospitality to all, sharing its history and treasures, as well as its grace and inspirations.

The competition seeks an outstanding architectural team that is creative, imaginative and visionary, who thoroughly understands the needs of the church and respects its exceptional heritage.

ENTER COMPETITION
Submissions for the first stage of this competition will be received via the Delta eSourcing portal, where the competition documents can be found. Please read the following PDF for details on how to submit before entering: Delta Instructions.

St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol
photo : Emily Whitfield-Wicks

St Mary Redcliffe church status: Grade I-listed

Deadline for expressions of interest: 15 Jan 2016

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