Free to enter urban design competition

Should buildings mimic their surroundings or should they be distinctive and challenge us visually? Hastings Urban Design Group (HUDG) is running two competitions seeking locally relevant design proposals. The primary aim of the competitions are to act as a catalyst to local creativity and encourage greater distinctiveness of design.

One theme is to create a distinctive gateway to the town. The other is to develop a local response to homelessness. 

Each competition will have two stages, Stage 1 entries to be submitted by 31st August 2020, and Stage 2 entries to be submitted by 30 November 2020. Cash prizes are available for each stage. 

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PICTURE: Dave Young

There is no entry fee or registration, simply email your entry to HUDG via the contact form on the web page below.

Local distinctiveness is a difficult concept to define, but something we all recognize when we see it and often the reason why we chose to visit places such as York, Bath, Oxford and, indeed, Hastings. 

Planning Authorities often seek to maintain what they see as the character of an area by adopting a policy of all new development “being in keeping” with its existing appearance; this can stifle innovation and lead to poor quality pastiche. Yet there are many examples, across the UK and Europe, of successful contemporary structures co-existing quite happily with their neighbours.

Although there are some exceptions, like central Bath, and Edinburgh’s New Town, most towns and cities have developed over a significant period of time and show evidence of what, at the time were contemporary and innovative buildings, standing amidst their predecessors. 

We’re in danger of losing that sense of historical progression should we insist on a ‘preserved in aspic’ approach to our urban fabric. Much of the
appeal of our towns is a sense of progression.

With this competition comes the opportunity to think how development in your chosen locality can reflect our times. 

See urbandesignhastings.com for information and entry form


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