Winners announced NE1 Design Ideas Competition for Queen Victoria Road

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NE1 announced today the winners of the Public Realm Design Ideas Competition for the Queen Victoria Road area.  

The judging for this competition aimed at young architectures, designers and landscape architects took place in mid-February.  The judging panel consisted of representatives from the NE1 team and their advisors, design professionals and from the key site stakeholders of Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University and the RVI.

The judges were very impressed by the quality and variety of the submissions. 

Adrian Waddell, Director of Operations at NE1 commented:

“We were delighted with the level of effort and depth of thought that all the teams put into their submissions;  it was very encouraging to see how this challenging brief was tackled in such an imaginative way. We hope, by working with other interested parties, that it may be possible to turn some of these excellent ideas into a reality. ”

We are pleased to announce the winners and runners up:

Overall Winners  

OOBE – team members Chris Shiels and Richard Chapman

Runners Up – Conceptual Plan 

Ryder Architecture – team members Aaron Young, Kim Benam, Nathalie Gilbert-Gray and Louise Vitty

Runners  Up – Detailed design

SLR Consulting – team members Emma McNicholas and Andrew Forbes


The winning teams responded very positively to the news of their success:

“OOBE are delighted to have been notified of our success in the NE1 public realm design ideas competition. As part of a new, young company of landscape architects it is an enormous boost to be successful in a local competition of such significance. We were excited to be involved with a project that presented us with a variety of challenges but allowed sufficient flexibility to approach the solution creatively and imaginatively. 

It is a huge compliment that our efforts have been recognised by the judging team which included representatives from such prominent local organisations. We enjoyed participating and we look forward to the exciting opportunities that this achievement may present.”

“Ryder Architecture’s year out students, approached the competition as a great opportunity to develop strong links between the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle University and the adjacent Exhibition and Leazes parks, tackling the issue of traffic congestion currently impeding these connections.  We are delighted to be commended for our approach to a conceptual masterplan addressing opportunities in the wider site context.”

“SLR are delighted to have been awarded the runners up prize for our detailed design proposal for the NE1 public realm design ideas competition.  Our vision of creating a green quarter within the heart of the city, demonstrates what is at the heart of every Landscape Architect; a passion to create exciting, functional and sustainable spaces for the public to live, work, relax and breathe in.”  

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