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Urban Bat House competition

May 22, 2007
by Canadian Architect

This open international competition is for a Bat House for London, England, to be built at the WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes. The Bat House partnership intends to realize the winning proposal: a building of aesthetic and environmental excellence, built with sustainable materials, that both offers homes to bats and is a building that the public can engage with. Competitors are invited to consider the relationship between art, architecture and biodiversity in urban locations. Ideas that allow for replication on further sites around the UK are encouraged. The project will build on the work of the Bat Conservation Trust, the London Bat Group and the Greater London Authority to raise awareness of the importance of bats in the UKs (and Londons) environment, and to support the survival of the UKs 17 bat species.

Entrants are asked to design a purpose-built structure that will provide the maximum diversity of specialized features to attract roosting, breeding and hibernating bats, and the possibility for visitors to engage with the bats and learn more about them. It should incorporate existing knowledge of relevant bat species roosting requirements, but also be innovative by suggesting new ways this might be interpreted. Your proposal should include two elements: the bat house itself (incorporating a range of accommodation spaces), and a display element for visitors to learn more about the bats. Above all, it should be an inspirational piece, exemplary in its aesthetic and environmental aspirations. It should also be credible in terms of buildability, practical in use, offer potential for replication and address broader sustainability issues.

The competition is open to professionals and the wider public, in distinct categories:

Category A – Architects and Design Professionals (multidisciplinary teams welcome)
Category B – Students/General Public
Category C – Schoolchildren (aged 17 or under at September 20, 2007)

The jury is comprised of Jeremy Deller, artist and initiator of the Bat House Project; Rowan Moore, Director of the Architecture Foundation; Amanda Levete, Director of Future Systems; Mike Waite, GLA Senior Policy Adviser (Biodiversity) and trustee of the London Bat Group; Carol Williams, Bats & Built Environment Officer, Bat Conservation Trust; Kevin Peberdy, Director of Centre Developments, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust; Pascale Scheurer, Director of Surface to Air Architects, and Jury Chair and RIBA Adviser.

The awards are as follows:

Category A – Architects and Design Professionals:
1st Prize – 3000
2nd Prize – 1000
3rd Prize – 500

Category B – Students/General Public:
1st Prize – 1000
2nd Prize – 500
3rd Prize – 250

Category C – Schoolchildren (awarded to the school of the winning entrant):
1st Prize 500
2nd Prize 250
3rd Prize 100

It is intended that the overall winner of the competition will be appointed to work closely with the Bat House Partnership to take the project forward to completion.

The entry fees are as follows:
Category A – 35
Category B – 7.50
Category C – Free

The project budget is up to 120K construction cost. A funding strategy has been identified.

June 15, 2007 is the inquiries deadline. September 3, 2007 is the registration deadline, while September 10, 2007 is the submission deadline. Winners will be selected on September 26, 2007, and announced on October 11, 2007.

For more information, please contact:

Bat House Competition
RIBA Competitions Office
6 Melbourne Street
Leeds LS2 7PS
Tel: +44 (0) 113 234 1335
Fax: +44 (0) 113 246 0744
[email protected]

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