Iron Line Competition, Millom Town Deal Board, C RSPB Images
The Iron Line in Millom is the subject of an international design competition. Credit: RSPB Images

Shortlist revealed for Millom’s Iron Line competition

Julia Hatmaker

Five teams led by architectural and landscape designers are still in the running to transform the Cumbria coastal lagoon into a nationally significant visitor attraction.

The competition kicked off in October, with Millom Town Deal Board joining forces with Colander Associates to launch a global contest to find the perfect design for the landscape.

The shortlisted teams, along with their submitted A2 design ideas, are:

Bauman Lyons Architects with Xanthe Quayle Landscape Architects, Andy Edwards Design, Martin Higgitt Associates, Jane Simpson Associates, Experience Community, Ecological Services, Simon Fenton Partnership, DP Squared

Millom Iron Line Competition Bauman Lyons, P Colander Associates

Bauman Lyon’s entry. Credit: via Colander Associates

Collective Architecture with RaeburnFarquharBowen, Civic Engineers, Rybka, Gardiner & Theobald making up the core team. Arch Henderson, Urban Movement, Graphical House, Ecus Ltd, CB Art are supporting specialists.

Millom Iron Line Competition Collective Architecture, P Colander Associates

Collective Architecture’s entry. Credit: via Colander Associates

Farrer Huxley with Mary Arnold-Foster Architects, Curtins, Luths Services, JBA Consulting, Fairfield Cost Consultants

Millom Iron Line Competition Farrer Huxley, P Colander Associates

Farrer Huxley’s entry. Credit: via Colander Associates

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Sarah Price Landscapes, Place Education, Earnscliffe, Modern Designers Ltd, AKTii, Ruth Jackson Planning, Appleyard & Trew, MaxFordham

Millom Iron Line Competition FCBS, P Colander Associates

FCBS’s entry. Credit: via Colander Associates

Layer Studio with Gagarin Studio, Greengage, Placed, Curtins, BWA, Project Four

Millom Iron Line Competition Layer Studio, P Colander Associates

Layer Studio’s entry. Credit: via Colander Associates

The chosen five teams will have their designs showcased at a local exhibition. The teams have also been invited to visit the Iron Line site and been offered an honorarium of £5,000 +VAT.

Both a design approach and design delivery document will be submitted by the end of the month, with an interview with the jury panel in December.

The winner of the competition is slated to be announced on 17 December. The winner is expected to take the project through to completion, which would mean drafting a costed outline design by March 2022 and delivering the scheme by March 2026.

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