The Royal Institute of British Architects has extended the registration deadline for its Forgotten Spaces competition to 25 April.
The competition gives architects the opportunity to exhibit their work in a public exhibition in the autumn, and have it published in the Architect's Journal.
Open to all members of the public, the initiative seeks out redundant and neglected spaces across Preston and invites design proposals from locals and professionals for re-use and adaptation.
The 2013 competition will give entrants the option to either select their own forgotten space, or consider specific sites put forward by Preston City Council that have been earmarked for redevelopment and improvement.
A forgotten space can be any an empty unit, a scrubland, a derelict building or underpass or a flyover. The proposal can be for commercial or public use, a piece of public art or a new building. The main requirement is that it responds to the local area and serves a function for the community.
Cllr Peter Rankin, Preston City Council leader, said: "Preston has some fantastic development opportunities and this a great chance for architects to explore them from a different perspective, providing inspiration to developers, fellow architects and the people of Preston."
The competition will award cash prizes to the best schemes: First prize will receive £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000.
The competition is open to RIBA, RTPI and Landscape Institute members, as well as students, artists, members of the public and community groups.
RIBA North West, Central Lancashire University and Preston City Council have organised a workshop aimed at helping participants put the brief in context and discuss possible solutions to the neglected spaces they have identified.
This free event will take place at UCLan on Saturday 13 April.
The winning schemes will feature in an exhibition at the old Post Office building in Preston.
Angela Brady, president of RIBA, said: "Forgotten Spaces provides a fantastic opportunity for architects and designers to lead regeneration by seeking out and improving an eyesore in their local area.
"These inspired ideas will be shared with a public audience, including local authorities, investors and developers. It forms a test bed for ideas for those left-over spaces and shows what our towns and cities could look like with a little bit of inspiration."
RIBA North West will announce the competition winners and award prizes at the exhibition launch event in November.
The competition registration deadline has been extended to Thursday 25 April 2013 with the competition closing for entries on Thursday 9 May 2013.
- To register for entry, or to read the full competition brief, visit the RIBA website.