Birmingham knowledge hub and Sunderland regeneration amongst the contenders

Cinema Square, part of Node's knowledge hub for Birmingham

Birmingham-based design practice Node is one of four practices shortlisted for the 2017 National Urban Design Awards, selected for its ‘knowledge hub’ masterplan.

Designed in partnership with Birmingham City University’s CoLab, the hub ties together knowledge-oriented institutions in the city’s Eastside and Digbeth areas, including Birmingham City University, Aston University and Birmingham Science Park, creating new public spaces and cultural facilities.

The annual awards are run by the Urban Design Group. Also shortlisted this year in the practice project award category are URBED for the Vaux Brewery site in Sunderland; Tibbalds for Regent’s Park estate, Camden; and HTA Design for Mulberry Park and Foxhill Estate regeneration.

In the public sector category, the shortlisted councils are Croydon, for Connected Croydon programme of public ream works; Plymouth for its city-centre and waterfront masterplans; south Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse, for the South Oxfordshire Design Guide 2016; and Swindon for its residential design guide.

The winners will be chosen by public vote and announced at the National Urban Design Awards on 2 March in London. For more information about the awards and shortlisted entries, to vote, or to book tickets for the event, visit the Urban Design Group website.

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