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The Festival Of Thrift have just announced some good news for all you wannabe pavilion designers out there. They are teaming up with RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Tees and the YAPF (Young Architectural Practitioner’s Forum) supported by RIBA NE and are inviting architects and construction professionals to create an eye-catching sustainable pavilion for the entrance at the 2020 event.

The pavilion should be able to hold up to 5 people at once (both staff and visitors, using social distancing measures), speak of sustainability and community, utilise recycled materials and have a function after the festival has finished.

Christine Thornley of Grove Studio Architecture, near Darlington, who is Chair of the RIBA Tees  & South Durham Branch tells us more, “It’s been almost a year since the declaration of the Climate Emergency and the global movement to act on climate change and over the last twelve months architects have been at the forefront of the conversation about how to design better and more sustainably. 

“As the Festival of Thrift has been at the forefront of sustainability in the north since 2012, welcoming over a quarter of a million people to the Tees Valley to learn and celebrate sustainable living, heritage and community cohesion, it’s a perfect opportunity for us to join forces.”  

The event is due to take place from 11th to 13th September at Redcar and Kirkleatham and according to Festival of Thrift Director, Stella Hall, if the festival has to be rescheduled then the project will be rescheduled also.

“This is a hugely exciting competition and a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of our region’s architects and the important role they play in creating a better environment through architecture.

“If, due to Government guidance, the Festival cannot go ahead this year, the project will be realised in 2021.” 

Anyone who would like to be part of this collaborative project, in whatever capacity (large or small), is asked to email [email protected] with ‘Festival of Thrift Pavilion’ in the subject line.

The Toasting Gate entrance to the Festival of Thrift site. Image by Tracy Kidd

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