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Grand designs contest to find best bijou bat box

Jonathan Rhind Architects has launched a competition to find the most inspired design for a heritage home for 50 bats.

The winning bat box design will be built and installed on one of Jonathan Rhind Architects projects. The winner will also take home up to £250 in prize money.

Julian Clayton, Senior Architect at Jonathan Rhind Architects said:

As a practice specialising in the repair and renovation of historic buildings, we often have to consider bats in our work and look at what we must do to support them. Although the standard bat boxes are adequate in providing a home for bats, they are often far from ideal to be attached to the side of a church or listed building, as they simply don’t complement the aesthetic. We have launched this competition to find a bat box that will help to retain the original character of historic buildings, as well as providing a roosting place for bats.

Jonathan Rhind Architects work on heritage and conservation architecture projects across the South West, including a development in Woolsery, North Devon, owned by entrepreneur and founder of social networking site Bebo, Michael Birch.

Julian continued:

Not only will this competition help us to find a new way of housing bats, we also want to inspire people to be creative, think outside the box and research how they can support nature through design.

The company is frequently involved in commissioning ecologists to assess and report on how bats and their habitats can be protected in compliance with The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. This usually results in a requirement to install alternative accommodation for the bats in the form of a bat box.

Entries are to be judged by leading figures in nature conservation and historic building conservation in the region, as well as Julian Clayton.

Entries will be divided into two categories: Best entry by a person under 16 and best entry by a person 16 and over. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category, with £50, £100 and £150 prize money for the under 16 category and £50, £100 and £250 for the over 16 category.

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