International design competition for Birmingham’s Centenary Square

LI and RIBA launch Birmingham Centenary Square competition
LI and RIBA launch Birmingham Centenary Square competition

Architects and designers have a chance to play a key role in the regeneration of one of Birmingham’s largest public spaces, with the launch of a competition on behalf of Birmingham City Council by the Landscape Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Following the successful completion of the Library of Birmingham, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2014, and the planned changes around the edges of Centenary Square, the time is now right, say LI and RIBA, ‘to regenerate this important space into a cultural hub and desirable square for the city’.

The competition is open to registered architects, landscape architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines worldwide.

Stage one of the competition will require digital submissions only, with five concept designs then being shortlisted for further development at the second stage.  Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £5,000 (+ VAT) and will be invited to present their designs for public consultation and then to the judging panel in March 2015.

‘This exciting international competition provides designers and Birmingham City Council with a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape what we hope will become a space accessible to both residents and visitors, promoting the square as a place for people to relax and socialise on a more informal basis in addition to the organised events already held there,’ says Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council.

Chris Webster, board director for Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), responsible for optimising assets and Enterprise Zone champion, says the planned improvements to Centenary Square ‘aim to deliver the maximum impact for this part of the city centre, adding to the existing cultural offering in the vicinity of the square’.

The closing date for receiving first stage entries is 2pm on 2 December. See the website for more details.

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