Brian Gambles, assistant director of culture at BCC, said: ‘It will be an international competition. It will go out [as an OJEU notice] next week and we will cast our net further afield to generate an international competition.
‘We have gone off the terms ‘iconic’ and ‘signature’, but this scheme really will be a genuine landmark building and we want an architect of internationally renown.’
Gambles, who added that the winning architect ‘could, of course come from the UK,’ said the council was looking into ways to generate an international competition and he expected an appointment by the summer.
In November BCC appeared to have backtracked on plans for a worldwide competition when city regeneration director, Clive Dutton, stated that the council ‘…are not recommending a full international design competition.’ (26/10/07).
The controversial scheme will involve the demolition of Architect John Madin's Birmingham Central (1/10/07).