Architectural competition to expand wildflower centre

The RIBA Competitions Office has launched a new international open competition for the design of an "innovative, architecturally striking educational, conference and seed production complex" at the National Wildflower Centre, off Junction 5 of the M62 in Knowsley near Liverpool.

The client for the competition is environmental charity Landlife with funding of £100,000 for the competition provided by the North West Development Agency.

A shortlist of six architects will be invited to develop their design proposals and present them to a panel of judges.

Landlife opened the visitor attraction in 2001 with funding from the Millennium Commission. The centre is set in the 35-acre Victorian Court Hey Park, five miles south of Liverpool city centre.

The deadline for the first stage of submissions is 7 January 2009.

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