Registration is still open in the RIBA Competition for inspiring and innovative ideas for the future uses of gasholder bases – the sub-surface voids left behind once an old gasholder has been dismantled.
National Grid Property, which manages the company’s surplus land, has a portfolio of former gasholders which will be dismantled over the coming years. These voids represent an opportunity for repurposing and the competition is seeking alternative uses rather than the default practice of backfilling the holder.
The initial phase of the competition will require digital submissions only, with five concept designs shortlisted for further development at the second phase. The deadline for first stage submissions is Tuesday 10 October 2017.
Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £3,000 +VAT. The winner will receive an additional £4,000 +VAT and there may be an additional payment of £1,000 +VAT for a highly commended scheme.