An independent Architecture Competition launched for Sidmouth’s eastern town and Port Royal

An independent Architecture Competition launched for Sidmouth’s eastern town and Port Royal


An international architecture competition is being launched as a way to expand thinking around the redevelopment of Sidmouth’s eastern town and raise awareness of public opinion of how the area should be developed. This novel idea could raise the profile of the town and spark debate.

The competition will be organised and independently co-ordinated by Henry Beech Mole, Associate Director of local practice RBM Architects. He will be supported by local residents and representatives of key groups coming together to form the Eastern Town Partnership.  Cathy Gardner and Marianne Rixson are pleased to give support to the project and will help put the group together, to advise on and guide the gathering of information and the development of the competition brief. “If you are approached by someone brandishing a clip board in the Port Royal or Mill Street area, please don’t turn away! We’d like as many people as possible to give their views and get involved in this project” said Cathy Gardner, “It’s also important that this project is seen as complementary to any work done for the Neighbourhood Plan, which will start early in 2016.”

“We hope to engage residents with proposals that we would not have come up with on our own”, said Marianne Rixson, “The opportunity to work with award-winning architects does not come along very often; it’s a great opportunity for Sidmouth”. Cathy and Marianne are two of the ward members representing Sidmouth on East Devon District Council.

This first phase of the project will be to gather data and opinions from local residents, community groups and businesses in order to develop a coherent and community-driven vision for the area.  This will inform the development of the brief for an open international architecture competition, where architects, designers, and artists can propose a new vision for the eastern side of town.

Have your say here:
Do you have any ideas for the area?  Let us know all about them and help guide the architects and designers pens!  Look out for further opportunities to contribute and view the entries to the competition later in the year.
Enter your views by the 31st January 2016.
To get involved please visit  or contact

Also, there will be an exhibition and public information ‘drop-in’ meeting on Sat morning, 9 January, at the Old Meeting, Dissenters’ Chapel . Map at this link.  Time tbc.
Hard copies of the consultation will be available to complete that morning, for those who don’t have online access.

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