Major creative landscape feature for Middlesbrough’s A66

Middlesbrough Council is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified landscape architects, architects, horticulturists, ecologists, engineers, designers and artists working in the public realm to develop proposals for the landscape of the A66/Cargo Fleet transport interchange in the east of the city. The competition is being organised by the RIBA Competitions Office on behalf of the competition promoter Tees Valley Arts.

The competition seeks proposals to invigorate the A66 road corridor from Newport to Cargo Fleet with a sense of purpose through the creation of a world class work of landscape architecture that will meet the aspirations of the vibrant business district it serves. Major developments along the A66 are the spur for the project and it is hoped that the competition will bring forward ideas for improvements to the built and natural environment and give visitors and investors a real sense of arrival when they come to Middlesbrough.

The competition will invite up to five teams to produce design ideas and each team invited to take part in the design phase will be paid £3,000. Anyone interested in the competition should contact the RIBA Competitions Office for further information. The deadline for expressions of interest is 4pm Monday 8 January 2007.

Peter is office co-ordinator at Tees Valley Arts. He has worked for over a decade as a freelance small business consultant @nealandco. You can follow him personally @pneal.