Flexible Housing Concept

This international open design competition is seeking design concepts from registered architect-led teams for two small residential developments within the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks on behalf of the Great Place Lakes and Dales Partnership.


Great Place: Lakes & Dales

Great Place: Lakes & Dales (GPLD), is one of 16 pilot projects funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) that aims to enable cultural and heritage organisations to make a step-change, which will result in arts, culture and heritage contributing to wider social and economic objectives.

GPLD is celebrating its distinctive place and skills by utilising arts, culture and heritage, to retain and attract young people who will help develop its sustainability, resilience and economy.

GPLD is a partnership of Craven District Council (lead authority), South Lakeland District Council, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and Lake District National Park Authority, who have all contributed additional funding alongside ACE and HLF.

The GPLD area is a rural area incorporating elements of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and is primarily based upon the corridor linking Skipton (Craven) in the south and Grasmere (South Lakeland) in the north.

The area includes:

  • the market towns of Skipton and Kendal;
  • the area characterised by the Yorkshire Three Peaks;
  • the Lune Valley; and,
  • the approaches into the central Lake District.

Although the GPLD area economy is relatively strong, like many rural areas it suffers from an outward migration of young people. Specifically, the GPLD area has 44% fewer 16-34-year old's than the national average, which raises significant concerns regarding its future economic and community resilience.

The programme will run until March 2020 and use innovative, creative ideas and practices to leave a legacy that can be used to continue addressing the objectives highlighted above.


fewer 16–34 year old’s than the national average

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