The developer Urban Splash has joined forces with Property Week, Building and Building Design to launch a competition to find a temporary use for a site in Manchester’s Ancoats district

The competition is part of Property Week’s Sitelife campaign to bring vacant sites back into use while the development market languishes. Urban Splash is looking for ideas for the site that can ideally be in place for the autumn and then run throughout next year. Judges include Tom Bloxham, chairman of Urban Splash, and Ian Simpson, the Manchester-based architect. The closing date for entries is 27 August. For more details, go to