Winning Swift Tower design announced!

Mock up image of how the winning design would look installed in a park
Mock up of the installed winning design

On behalf of TVERC and all the others partners in the Oxford Swift City Project the RSPB have announced the winner of the Swift Tower design competition!

See the full press release here.

A public vote to find a design for a new Swift Tower has chosen Jonathan Wheeler from Lower Radley, Oxfordshire as the winner of the Swift Tower Competition. His winning design will be built by the University of Oxford in the University Parks, subject to approval and consultation. 

A Swift Tower is a free-standing structure, with lots of boxes for swifts to build their nests in. As traditional nesting sites in buildings are being lost, it is important to replace them and help stop the decline of swifts. This competition is part of Oxford Swift City, a two-year project to improve the outlook for swifts in Oxford, made possible by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In addition to the winner, designs submitted by Thurston Tallack and Judith Godsland, both from Oxford, were also included in the judges’ shortlist. 
All entries to the competition will be on display at a public exhibition at The Gallery in the Oxford Town Hall from 13 November 2017 to 2 January 2018.

Jonathan Wheeler, winner of the Swift Tower competition, said: “I’m delighted to have won the Oxford swift tower design competition. I tried to convey the sweeping, curving shape of swifts in my design and hope it will be a pleasing sculptural form in the park as well as a safe haven for swifts in the city. I will be excited to see my sketchbook ideas come to life in steel and I hope birds and wildlife enjoy living there as much as I enjoyed designing it. I’m very grateful to everyone who voted for my design.”

See our earlier news item for fuller details.

The Oxford Swift City project launched on 6 May 2017 and runs for two years, made possible by National Lottery players and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Project partners hope to improve the outlook for swifts in Oxford by raising local awareness of the many ways we can help these vulnerable birds. The Oxford Swift City project team is made up of several local partners including the RSPB, the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Environmental Resource Management, Dr. A. Lack, Dr. J. Hughes, Mr. C. Mason, Oxford City Council, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre, and the University of Oxford.

For further information and to arrange an interview, please contact:
Keo Baxendine, Communications Officer, RSPB Midlands Regional Office 
Tel 01295 676446 
Mobile 07740 753879

Posted: August 3, 2017