And finally… RIBA opens competition to design animal shelters of the future

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched competition to design an animal centre on behalf of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

The winning design will initially be used for a new RSPCA centre in the north west of England but it is hoped that it will be exemplar for future projects and the RSPCA aims to retain the winning team as preferred supplier for future developments.

RSPCA deputy chief executive, Chris Wainwright, said: “Just like our staff, this building is going to have to work really hard. It needs to provide the space and environment where we can care for neglected, abused and abandoned animals but we also want it to be inspiring for staff and welcoming for visitors looking to rehome a pet from us.

“Our animal centre for the future should have as little impact on the environment as possible and we want architects to keep in mind we are a charity and need to keep costs down.

“This is a really challenging brief and we are looking forward to seeing some exciting, creative ideas.”

The competition is open to registered architects and architect-led teams in with the United Kingdom. Architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Entrants should note that teams progressing to the second phase of the competition will be required to demonstrate their ability to deliver not only this project but future potential projects for the RSPCA within the UK.

PQQ Submissions should be submitted to by 14:00 on July 26.

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