Competition Launched To Re-envisage Dumfries Midsteeple Quarter

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing  visited The Stove Network in Dumfries last week to officially launch the Midsteeple Quarter Ideas Competition.

The competition, produced in partnership between The Stove Network with the Glasgow Institute of Architects is funded though Scottish Goverment’s ‘Activating Ideas’ programme and invites architectural concepts for the Midsteeple Quarter of Dumfries High Street from professional individuals and practices, to envisage an innovative new approach to town centre living and being. The goal of the Midsteeple Quarter project is to see the high street re-energised and repopulated, contributing inclusively to the local community and economy.

The competition is looking for innovative yet practical solutions with regards to the building fabric of the Bakers Oven, a conscious solution to a sustainable energy strategy with a people-centred focus and a vision for the Quarter.

The Midsteeple block is currently privately owned, however the Stove Network is in discussions about an asset transfer of 137-139 High Street, known locally as The Bakers Oven. The Midsteeple Quarter project is a community initiative led by The Stove Network – partners include Dumfries and Galloway Council, University of the West of Scotland, NHS D&G, Third Sector D&G, Crichton Institute and Loreburn Community Council.

We will hold an Open Day for interested entrants on the 22 April 2017 in Dumfries. Participating architects will be given a tour of the area, meet key team members and hear about The Stove Network. To reserve your place at the open day, please book a ticket on our Eventbrite page.

Competition Launch – 24 March 2017
Open Day and Midsteeple Quarter Site Visit – 22 April 2017
Submission Deadline – 15 May 2017
Announcement – End of May

Prize Money
1st Place – £1000
2nd Place – £500
3rd Place – £300

For full details and how to enter, please visit the GIA website here

For background history on the Midsteeple Quarter project, see here

Images Courtesy of The Stove Newtwork, Dumfries


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