An architect-led team will be appointed to design a £10m mixed-use development on a prominent site next to Whitehaven Harbour.
The redevelopment aims to continue the work done in the past decade at Whitehaven, where a new sea lock has been installed to create a marina for leisure craft.
RIBA and Places Matter! said: "The winning scheme for luxury residential apartments and office accommodation will need to set a benchmark for creative, contextual design and achieve a sustainable development of long-lasting architectural quality."
Magnus Homes is based in Carlisle and has completed housing schemes in Whitehaven before.
Sherrie Robinson, project manager at Britain's Energy Coast West Cumbria, part of Cumbria Vision, said: "Whitehaven is a Georgian gem which boasts superb architecture and unique character. The development of the town and harbourside is a key element of the Britain's Energy Coast regeneration initiative, and we will be looking for designs that demonstrate the town's ambitions for the future while at the same time being sympathetic to its rich heritage."
The competition is open internationally to architect-led design teams which at Stage 2 will need to include the services of a structural engineer and M&E consultant, as a minimum. Architectural students who have successfully completed their RIBA Part 2 studies and are working towards their Part 3 qualification are also welcome to enter the competition.
Up to five schemes will be short-listed from the anonymous Stage 1 entries. Stage 2 will involve further exploration and refinement of the Stage 1 proposals, with the short-listed teams invited to attend an interview and make a presentation to the Judging Panel. Each short-listed team will receive an honorarium of £4,440 (+VAT).
- The Competition Brief and details of how to register for the competition will be available by visiting: http://www.riba-whitehavencentralsite.org.uk/ from Wednesday 14 July 2010. Registrations will close on Monday 13 September 2010, and the deadline for Stage 1 design submissions is 2.00pm on Friday 17 September 2010.