‘Our Island Home’ design competition launched
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September 24 2013
'Our Island Home' invites entrants to prepare proposals for a two bedroom home to be built in three locations across the Hebrides and is open to all practices with five or fewer ARB registered staff and the capability to deliver their designs.
As a first stage in this process applicants will be invited to draw up concept designs from which five shortlisted entrants will be asked to develop fully costed, technical designs with a maximum budget of no more than £100k.
The competition brief states: “Building affordable housing in island communities can be difficult due to the high cost of transporting materials and labour. The small developments required generate few economies of scale restricting the viability of projects.
"Household incomes are also low and often unpredictable limiting the borrowing available to island households. Whilst incomes are low, fuel costs are high as most island households are limited to electricity or oil as heating sources.
"Our Island Home aims to tackle these issues by developing an affordable island starter house that is easy to build, easy/cheap to heat and generates economies of scale.”
The shortlist will be announced in November with the winner set to be unveiled on 28 February, 2014.
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