Edinburgh architect wins major Birmingham civic competition
Graeme Massie Architects has won the competition to design Centenary Square in Birmingham. It beat a shortlist of four other teams which comprised Atkins, Barton Willmore, Broadway Malyan, and, Open Studio Architects with United Visual Artists, London. The competition was run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with the Landscape Institute.
Sasha Bhavan, RIBA adviser for the competition, said that it was: 'a difficult decision – the panel debated long and hard to choose a winner, a tribute to all five entries. The winning practice and scheme were chosen for their bold, brave and unique approach, backed by rigorous thought and a practical, pragmatic approach.
'Graeme Massie Architects stood out and apart, for demonstrating an ability to inventively and successfully respond to the brief and client feedback, and for describing an iconic yet realisable proposal in the spirit of Birmingham’s tradition of groundbreaking architectural commissions.'