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Ekkist shortlisted in Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve contest

Architecture Journal

The following article was first published by the AJ online. You can read the full article here.

“Four emerging London studios have been named finalists in an open international competition to design a £2 million visitor centre for Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve in Kent.”

“Open to architects and architect-led teams from around the world, the anonymous RIBA-run competition sought ‘unique’ proposals for a standalone complex in Bradbourne Vale Road on a site reclaimed from a former gravel pit in the 1960s.”

“The Nature and Wellbeing Centre project will deliver a visitor centre featuring a reception area, café, shop, toilets, 100-capacity flexible space, catering kitchen, exhibition area, offices and treatment rooms. Proposals were expected to be environmentally sustainable with a minimal carbon footprint and to demonstrate a sensitive response to the surroundings.”

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Photo: Courtesy of Kent Wildlife Trust
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve Map Photo: Courtesy of Kent Wildlife Trust

“Four stunning designs have been shortlisted that we believe have the potential to realise our ambitions for this beautiful reserve.”

“KWT chief executive John Bennett said: ‘We are thrilled that the competition really captured the imagination of architects around the world. We received a great number of submissions.”

“‘Four stunning designs have been shortlisted that we believe have the potential to realise our ambitions for this beautiful reserve. The site was the first place in the UK to redevelop an industrial gravel pit expressly to benefit wildlife. That vision has led the way for many and the area is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.’”

“He continued: ‘It is very apt that such a pioneering site has provided the inspiration for these innovative and compelling designs. We very much look forward to seeing these shortlisted concepts developed into a living and useable centre that will enhance the reserve and the appreciation of the rich wildlife to be found there.'”

The shortlist:

ArkleBoyce Architects
Ben Adams Architects
Bilska de Beaupuy
Studio McLeod with Ekkist