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    Take the Cubby House Challenge - calling all architects, designers and builders

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    Kids Under Cover has put out the final call for expressions of interest from members of the building and design industry to participate in the Cubby House Challenge for 2016. Participants have to register their interest before 30 September 2015.

    The national youth homelessness prevention charity, Kids Under Cover is urging building groups, designers and architects to participate in the popular event by going back into their childhood and designing the cubby house of their dreams. To be displayed at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March 2016, the cubby houses will be auctioned off to raise funds for Kids Under Cover.

    Jo Swift, chief executive of Kids Under Cover explains that the cubbies are always a major drawcard at the Flower and Garden Show and the funds raised will contribute to the crucial work of the charity.

    The Cubby House Challenge judging panel includes architect Peter Maddison, host of Grand Designs Australia.  

    Construction guidelines are available on the organisation’s website and include information on dimensions, weight limit, cantilevers, weatherproofing and safety guidelines.

    All cubby houses must fit within a 2.5m x 3m (W or L) x 3m H envelope so that the new owner can install the cubby house in their yard without obtaining a permit. They will be built on a base supplied by Kids Under Cover so that the organisation can easily transport them by forklift. 


    KEY DATES

    SIGNED EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
    Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    DESIGN REVIEW
    Thursday, 29 October 2015

    FINAL DRAWINGS FOR CONSTRUCTION
    Friday,13 November 2015

    PLATFORM DELIVERY
    Late November 2015

    BUILD COMPLETION DATE
    Friday, 27 February 2016


    Companies participating in the Cubby House Challenge will not only benefit from the exposure to the more than 100,000 visitors to the Show, but also have the opportunity to take part in one of the building and architectural sector’s most innovative award programs.

    Jo Swift is looking forward to the 2016 competition as they seek designs with a message as well as designs that get to the heart of celebrating the simple activity of play.

    Kids Under Cover hopes to raise $125,000 from the Cubby House Challenge, which will fund about 16 education and training scholarships or provide studio accommodation for up to eight young people at risk of homelessness.

    Businesses can register their expression of interest before 30 September 2015 at www.cubbyhousechallenge.org.au.

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