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RIBA launch Design Ideas Competition on behalf of Hull City Council: Living with Water – Waterfront Development in Hull

RIBA Competitions are pleased to announce the launch of a design ideas competition on behalf of Hull City Council.

Hull is a city built around water, which brings opportunities and challenges. Whilst waterside living is seen as an attraction, the risk of flooding is something that needs addressing through good design.

Humber Quays West and Hull Arena is one of the city's most prestigious redevelopment opportunities, and design ideas are being sought for this major residential-led redevelopment to celebrate the waterfront city centre location. Water resilient development is a key priority, therefore design ideas should embrace the principles of ‘Living with Water’ and produce innovative designs to deal with flood risk.

Last year, the RIBA published a report outlining what the government needs to do to help create homes and communities that are resilient to flood damage. The report, The value of flood-resilient architectural design, stresses that the UK can no longer base its approach to managing flood risk on simply keeping the water out.

  • Currently 1 in 6 homes in the UK are at risk of flooding – a number that is expected to double by 2050
  • Flooding causes an average of £1.4 billion of damage each year to businesses and households

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder economic investment and regeneration, Hull City Council said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local, national and international design teams to develop a brief that complements the extensive work and investment that has taken place so far to make Hull a flood resilient city.

Preparation is critical for our city, and the team working across the Living with Water partnership have brought together a wealth of expertise to the forefront of climate change discussions that will not only help to shape our plans future developments, but also impact the city’s position in terms of a becoming a resilient economic driver for the region.

In order to achieve this, investment in planning and architecture is key, and can make all the difference.”

This is an international RIBA Competition, open to architect-led design teams. The first phase of the competition seeks initial design proposals which will be assessed anonymously. Up to five designs will then be selected to proceed to the second phase of the competition. Anonymity will be lifted at the second phase and shortlisted teams will be invited to develop their ideas in response to feedback.

For further details about the competition and how to enter please visit:

The closing date for submission of initial design proposals is 14.00hrs(GMT) on Wednesday 27 March 2019.


Yorkshire Water

Nevil Muncaster

Director of Asset Management

Lee Pitcher

General Manager - Living With Water

Catherine Johnson

Portfolio Manager

Emma Brown

Portfolio Manager

Lynnsey Pilmer

Communications and Engagement Manager

Martin Armour

Portfolio Manager

Environment Agency

John Dickinson

Flood Resilience Advisor

Neil Longden

Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager

Hull City Council

Alex Codd

Director of Economic Regeneration

Mark Jones MBE

Head of Economic Development

Rachel Glossop

Flood Risk Planning Manager

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Alan Menzies

Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration

Astrid Paget

Principal Engineer - Flood Risk Strategy

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