West End Plymouth City Centre Ideas Competition


The Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel are delighted to have worked with the Plymouth Branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Plymouth Architectural Trust and the Plymouth School of Architecture to have set up and run an ideas competition for the regeneration of the West End of Plymouth City Centre.

The competition was open to all, and expressions of interest were invited to provide visionary design ideas for a concept that revitalises the West End of Plymouth City Centre whilst enhancing the surrounding areas and supporting a wider city vision. The competition extended the spirit of Sir Patrick Abercrombie’s radical post-war Plan for Plymouth into the twenty-first century, and sought adventurous proposals that imagine a lively, inclusive, successful future for the city.


The Design Review Panel prepared the brief (a copy of which can be seen at www.architectureplymouth.com) which split the competition into two stages;

  1. Expressions of Interest and Expressions of Interest and Selection of Shortlist

  2. Submission and Presentation of Design Concepts

The shortlisted team(s) proceeded to stage two, and received an honorarium of £3,000.00 to propduce proposals that were then presented to the the Design Review Panel as part of a design review panel session for formal judging and feedback.


The judging panel consisted of:

  • Jonathan Braddick - Devon & Somerset Design Review Panel Chair & RIBA SW Regional Chair

  • Graham Devine - RIBA Plymouth Branch Chair & Director at LHC Architecture

  • Bob Brown - Head of Plymouth Shool of Architecture

  • Win Scutt - Archaeologist, Broadcaster, Lecturer and Heritage Tourism Advisor

  • Stuart Wingfield - Strategic Growth Manager, Plymouth City Council

  • Jon Walton - City Centre Manager, Plymouth City Council

The winning team, who went on to present their proposals at the RIBA Plymouth City Centre West End Debate (photographs of the event can be seen by clicking here ... ) were a cooperative that consisted of:


A full pdf version of the winning submission can be downloaded by clicking here ...

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