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Sea defence competition seeks engineers


Young engineers are being sought for a project to design sea defences around Portsmouth.

The engineers will join UK-based architects and landscape architects in competitive teams to enhance and improve the proposed £60M ramparts for Portsmouth, particularly in public realm areas by the seawall.

The competition, run by Project Compass, is named The Elephant Cage – so called because beasts of excellence are put in competition for the best outcome. It is the first competition of its kind in the UK.

After a shortlisting process, successful candidates will be invited to participate in a two-stage process. The first is two and a half days in Portsmouth where competitive teams will work on the brief, followed by a trip to the Netherlands next year to see similar projects and present ideas to Dutch experts.

In the first stage of the procedure three engineers, three architects and three landscape architects from the UK will be selected to participate. An equal number and composition will also be taking part from the Netherlands.

“Better design solutions are sought that can enlighten and inform Portsmouth’s future response to climate change and UK coastal defence strategies in the wider context,” said the project brief.

“The promoters are seeking new, better, creative and imaginative design proposals that deliver clear and sensitive responses capable of addressing the pressing strategic issue of climate change, in this and the wider context.”

The promoters are Project Compass, Architectuur Lokaal and the University of Portsmouth School of Architecture.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on 28 October.

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