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PRoPeRty RIBA Stirling Prize 2011 shortlist revealed

The Hopkins-designed London 2012 Velodrome is one of the six schemes to be shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize 2011. Folkwang Museum in

Te project will incorporate a gym/leisure facility

Council approves £50m Coventry development

Coventry City Council has approved Barberry Developments’ bid to transform a former Royal Mail Sorting Centre with a £50m new mixed-use scheme. The Bishop Gate development will

comprise a new gym/leisure facility with swimming pool contained within a 20,000sq ſt (1,858sq m) unit and an 8,000sq ſt (743sq m) ‘green’ roof. A supermarket; retail units; and land-

scaping are also included in the plans, which will see the existing Royal Mail buildings demolished once work commences.

Green light for Earth Centre proposals in Doncaster

Educational services provider Kingswood has received the green light to proceed with plans for a new activity centre established at Doncaster’s former Earth Centre. Doncaster Council has approved plan-

ning permission for the multi-million pound development, which will help pave the way for the sale of the site to Kingswood to be completed next month. In transforming the former Earth Centre

attraction in Conisbrough, it is thought that 200 new jobs will be created – including apprenticeship schemes for local colleges.

Liverpool Festival Gardens opening delayed

The re-opening of Liverpool’s Festival Gardens following a multi-million pound overhaul has been delayed aſter the main contractor went into administration. Site owner Langtree now expects the

launch of the refurbished gardens to take place in mid-September, having originally been scheduled for next month. It comes aſter Mayfield Construction

was forced into administration as a result of financial difficulties incurred by its par- ent company. Langtree now looking for a new contractor to complete the work.


Essen, Germany (David Chipperfield Architects) and Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare and Swan Teatres (Bennetts Associates) are also shortlisted. Two London schemes are

also in the running for the accolade – the Evelyn Grace Academy (Zaha Hadid Architects) and The Angel Building, (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris). Meanwhile, the sixth shortlisted project

for the prize is O’Donnell and Tuomey’s An Gaelaras in Derry, Northern Ireland.

London’s new Velodrome is among the six schemes shortlisted by RIBA It is the first time the shortlist comprises

practices that have already been shortlisted for the prize, with the winner scheduled to be announced on 1 October in Rotherham.

OPLC launches public space contest

A competition to design a new public space for London – including two visitor centres and a playground – has been launched by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC). Interested teams have been

given five weeks to come for- ward with expressions of interest for the scheme. The contest aims to seek

designs for two distinctive areas – the first to welcome crowds to the south plaza and Olympic Park and incorpo- rating an urban landscape similar to the South Bank. Included in the first area will be a visitor

Te contest will seek ideas for two distinctive areas of the Olympic Park

centre; outdoor event space; water features; and play facilities, along with a skate park. It will be sited near venues such as the Olympic Stadium. Meanwhile, a second area is ear- marked for the green river valley that has been created for the 2012 Games and will boast a

visitor centre with café and indoor space for schools and community groups. OPLC chief executive Andrew Altman

said: “Tis is a unique opportunity for design teams to create exceptional places that match the stunning mix of iconic venues and park- land that surround them.”

WDC votes against sports village scheme

Wycombe District Council’s cabinet has voted not to proceed with the development of a pro- posed new community stadium and sports village at Wycombe Air Park. Te local authority has confirmed work on the project would now be halted, but is to

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explore alternative options for future sporting provision in the Wycombe area. A 17,500-seat stadium and community sports

village had been planned by Wycombe Sports Developments Limited (WSDL), which has expressed disappointment at the decision.

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