The Midsteeple Quarter Ideas Competition
The Stove Network and the Glasgow Institute of Architects invited architectural concepts for the Midsteeple Quarter of Dumfries High Street for a reimagined urban core of Dumfries.
The Midsteeple Quarter competition was 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 saught innovative yet practical solutions with regards to the building fabric of the Bakers Oven and the wider urban block.
On Thursday 25th May 2017 the following judges met at The Stove to review all 15 submissions that can be viewed here.
John Dowson –
Dumfries High Street Resident
Melissa Gunn –
Lecturer in Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland & Chair of the Board of Directors at The Stove Network.
Tim Gray –
Director at Holmes Miller Architects & GIA President
Iain Monteith –
Director at Loader & Monteith Architects and Tutor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture
David Cowan –
Head of Regeneration Unit at the Scottish Government
Dumfries: 9-20 June 2017 at The Stove
Glasgow: 30 June – 12 July 2017 at South Block
Winner – First Place
Gordon Fleming, ARPL Architects
Judges Citation –
“A good architectural concept embracing affordable retail and craft spaces, learning and community spaces and viable residential accommodation. The scheme gave real consideration to the cross section through the urban block with a variety of typologies addressing each edge condition. The layering of typology allows for the housing in the core of the block that would feasibly attract a range of people, including families, to work, live and play in the town centre while business units activate the existing townscape with the utilisation of the High Street frontage for specialist local retailers.
We thought the scheme promoted an urban archaeology to rediscover and utilise the heritage of the organically grown buildings of the back court of the block and that the lightweight additions create a new landscape and built form along the existing feu lines, but at a density and scale that is appropriate to Dumfries.
We felt confident that the scheme would bring people and business to the area and would breath a new life and vibrancy to the mid steeple quarter.“
Andie Cooke, Megan Ward, Cara Brunton and Ashley Mitchell
Pioneer Landscape Architecture
Ryan Canning and Titas Grikevicius, Holmes Miller
Please Note that the GIA website is currently unable to list entries in 1st, 2nd, 3rd order, for the time being please use the winner and commendation links below to view the projects.