Design Competition launched for The Maltings Cultural Venue, Berwick-upon-Tweed

16 December 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new design competition following the ‘Competitive Procedure with Negotiation’ on behalf of Northumberland County Council and The Maltings (Berwick) Trust.

The competition is seeking a multi-disciplinary design team to deliver a landmark cultural attraction at the heart of Berwick-upon-Tweed, creating a new focal point for visitors and residents’ and acting as a key driver for the culture-led regeneration of the town.

The Maltings (Berwick) Trust is the primary cultural organisation in this area of the county, operating across three separate venues in the centre of Berwick. They are a key social, cultural and educational hub for the town, and the only professional cinema across a large rural catchment across North Northumberland and the eastern Scottish Borders.

The Maltings current Eastern Lane venue is no longer fit for purpose and the Maltings (Berwick) Trust has worked in partnership with Northumberland County Council to secure Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal funding to deliver a 21st century venue on the existing site.

The competition is seeking applications in response to an initial brief in the form of a completed Selection Questionnaire. It is anticipated that up to five teams will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the design phase of the competition.

Ros Lamont, Executive Director The Maltings (Berwick) Trust commented: “The launch of this design competition is an exciting and hugely significant moment for the Maltings and our partners – and a crucial stage in realising our long term ambitions. Our firm intention is that a striking new venue will serve as a beacon for culture and creativity across our region, exceed audiences’ and artists’ expectations of an accessible 21st century public space, and provide a thriving home for a year round programme of outstanding arts experiences.”

Applications are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the brief and selection questionnaire. Further information can be found on the competition webpage at including a link to the competition documents from Northumberland County Council.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 14.00hrs on Monday 24 January 2022.

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