Shortlist named for Lancashire tourist attraction contest

RIBA has announced the shortlist to design a new visitor attraction at the Brockholes Wetland and Woodland Nature Reserve in Preston, Lancashire.

The five architectural firms through to the final round are:

  • McDowell + Benedetti
  • Architecture 2B
  • AY Architects
  • Adam Khan Architects
  • And Manchester's Arca

The brief includes a café, shop, gallery and meeting rooms in a project funded by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, the North West Development Agency and the Forestry Commission.

The winning design will become part of the £59m Newlands land regeneration scheme, said to be the country's largest environmental programme of its kind.

The five will present to the competition jury on Thursday 1 November.

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