United Polio Brothers and Sisters Association Mixed-Use Development

Freetown, Sierra Leone

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Located in Lower Parsonage Street, Freetown, the site houses a diverse and resilient community of people who are affected by Polio, and who foster unity, peace, and strength amongst themselves.

The site is owned by Freetown City Council and is leased to stakeholders, including the United Polio Brothers and Sisters Association (UPBSA), who are managing the site’s ongoing development projects. Currently, a total of 95 stakeholders are involved in activities in the compound. As the legal custodian of the land, Freetown City Council is in a stable position to develop the area, according to the wishes of the community. 

The site operates as a multifunctional unit, and encapsulates a dynamic blend of elements, including a garbage collection transfer station (operated by the local authority as a separate entity); a training school, retail shops, and temporary residential units. 

The Mayor of Freetown has committed to improving the residential facilities for the well-being, safety, security, and comfort of residents. Thus, the city envisages a bold redevelopment plan for the area to address the growing community needs, and inject new life into the community's economic, social, and environmental core. 

Approx. site area:

The site is on flat terrain with an area that is a scalene in shape (four sides are different in length). The perimeters are 269m (North) x 103m(East) 160m (South) 76m (West). 

Key Information:

The population consists of 75 residents (22 families) whose spirit fosters a close-knit community atmosphere.

Priority areas & main expectations:

The site’s diverse uses provide an excellent foundation for the development of an established multi-purpose complexAs this is a small-scale site, students should develop a vertical, mixed-use extension design that includes retail, leisure, and residential facilities, as well as a training school and nursery. The structure should be accessible and inclusive to all, and integrate sustainable construction practices.

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  • Team registration closed on 5 April 2024. Registered teams should now begin working on their projects! 
  • The submission portal will open for entries at the end of April 2024. The deadline for teams to submit their projects is 20 June 2024. 
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