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GIA launch Dumfries design competition

March 27 2017

GIA launch Dumfries design competition
The Glasgow Institute of Architects has teamed up with community arts body the Stove Network to launch an ideas contest for Dumfries’s Midsteeple Quarter - a bid to elicit potential solutions to breathe new life into its High Street.

Architects, landscape architects, urban designers and other professionals a bring redundant upper floors back into use as housing while encouraging new tenants to set up shop in ground floor retail units following transfer of ownership of an historic row of properties, referred to as the Bakers Oven, to Stove.

In their competition brief the GIA stated: “The Midsteeple Quarter competition is first and foremost an ideas competition to envisage an innovative new approach to town centre living and being. The goal of the Stove Network is to see the high street re-energised and repopulated, contributing inclusively to the local community and economy.

“The competition is looking for innovative yet practical solutions with regards to the building fabric of the Bakers Oven, a conscious solution to a sustainable energy strategy with a people-centred focus and a vision for the Quarter.”

An open day for entrants will be staged on 22 April, ahead of a submissions deadline on 15 May - with the top three proposals to find favour with the judges placed on display in Dumfries and Glasgow this summer.

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