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Architect’s ‘floating’ Crystal Palace inspired idea in final five in Europe wide competition

Stuart Jones, a partner with Feilden and Mawson, who are competing to design a visitor centre at the Great Fen

Stuart Jones, a partner with Feilden and Mawson, who are competing to design a visitor centre at the Great Fen

Architects from Fornham St Martin have made the shortlist for a prestigious project, after taking part in a European wide competition.

Feilden + Mawson are in the final five in a Royal Institute of British Architects competition to build a new £2 million visitor centre for the Great Fen project in Cambridgeshire.

“There were 201 entries and we were thrilled to learn we are among the five teams to be shortlisted for the next stage,” said Stuart Jones, a partner at Feilden + Mawson.

“It highlights what creative talent there is within the firm.”

The fen project is one of the largest restoration projects of its type in Europe.

It and will recreate a 14sq mile wetland for wildlife, previously lost when the land was drained for farming.

F+M’s concept for a visitor centre ‘floating’ on the fenland, is inspired by water lilies on a lake. It also draws influences from the Crystal Palace built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition in 1851.

The plans will go before a judging panel in April.

 

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