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Larsen Liverpool are hosting an international competition for an innovative design of a bird watching shelter and bird sanctuary within the natural settings of the protected Earl’s Eye Meadows on the banks of the River Dee, Chester, UK.


The meadows are rich in biodiversity and offer a fantastic opportunity for designers to challenge themselves and explore their creativity within this sustainable and vernacular based competition. CAD Topography & photos provided.

Students can integrate this project into their University studies!



Challenge: to design a vernacular bird watching shelter and bird sanctuary in the unique setting of the Chester Meadows.


How can humans occupy spaces that inspire harmony with the natural environment? What can we, as designers, do to accomplish this and create architecture that avoids destruction of the natural world while also benefitting our environmental impact?


We now live in a world where architecture takes valuable resources and causes destruction of the natural environment. We are looking for a design scheme that builds a connection between humans and nature and gives back to our natural surroundings, rather than only taking from them.


Our brief asks for an innovative and creative design focusing on the user experience and connection to the surrounding nature and wildlife with a minimal environmental impact. The challenge is to create a sustainable and a 100% natural structure that sits peacefully within the meadows and allows both humans and birds to share the same space.


The shelter should provide a calm, reflective space for city dwellers to temporarily leave their hectic city lives to reconnect and interact with nature. It also asks for a sanctuary for the native and passing birds of the area. The sanctuary should be a place for birds to take shelter and encourage breeding, with some consideration for the various roosting and dietary needs of differing species.


The site has a number of constrains and opportunities that make this a particularly interesting and provocative design challenge; including beautiful scenery, proximity to the River Dee, flood risks and natural surface water for drinking. Further details will be outlined in the full brief.


The competition will be judged by a talented and multidisciplinary set of jurors, who work across different creative sectors. Winners of this competition will receive a cash prize and their entry will be exhibited on our website and across all of our social media channels. This will give the winner an opportunity to showcase their incredible work and make connections with potential employers.


Larsen Liverpool Limited are an environmentally and sustainability minded company and we are determined to make the world a better place than we found it by reducing our global impact and carbon footprint.

One tree will be planted in a key reforestation project for each participant that signs up to one of our competitions.



​We are providing an opportunity to showcase your skill and creativity. This competition is open to all student, artists, creators, and designers from any creative discipline. Our award winning and multitalented jury work across different sectors of the creative industry.



A cash prize of £1,000 GBP will be awarded to the winning design.

Photos and information about the winners’ work will be published on our website and across all of our social media platforms

Free copy of our printed competitions booklet

Free entry into one of our next competitions.

100 trees planted in your name.

2. A further two design entries will be selected by jurors and will have their entries published on our website. They will also receive a 50% discount off the entry fee for one of our next competitions.

3. All entries will be showcased on our website within a virtual gallery and within our printed competitions booklet!


One tree will be planted in a key reforestation project for each participant that signs up to one of our competitions.


We are trying to gain momentum by hosting this, and future, competitions so that we may create a platform for designers to share their work and have their say! Many competition hosts select a small group of work to put forward and display and many of the amazing projects that are produced are not displayed. We want to celebrate your hard work and showcase it within our virtual gallery! Register now and take part to have your work showcased.



This project can be integrated into any university course. 

A site plan, a CAD topography file and photos of the site are provided upon registration.

The unique and interesting site makes for a very interesting project and provides opportunity for fantastic visuals and images. The brief allows for students and designers to be creative and produce an innovative project that will look great as a physical or digital presentation and an impressive addition to your portfolio.