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Birmingham's Golden Square in for planning

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Capita Lovejoy and Bryant Priest Newman have submitted plans for a £1.5 million public square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

The Golden Square proposal is one of the first projects to be considered as part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan.

A plaza, orchard and promenade will form the main square, with ‘needles’ like those of a compass pointing towards the area’s main global trade partners including the USA, South Africa and Australia.

‘The Golden Square will be a real focal point for the quarter - a place to hang out, to meet, to energise and to rest,’ said Andy Williams of Capita Lovejoy - the planning division of Capita Symonds..

As well as Bryant Priest Newman, public artists David Patten and Jenny Peet are involved in the project, alongside digital media consultants Substrakt, engineers Ramboll and lighting designers Light Bureau.

The team proposals won an international design competition last year run by Turner & Townsend.

Spokesman for the contest Bruce McAra said: ‘We saw some incredible designs for the Golden Square when we managed the international design competition and so it’s incredibly exciting to be working with the council and Capita Lovejoy in making that winning vision a reality for the Jewellery Quarter.

Previous story (01.06.09)

Capita Lovejoy reveals £1.5 million Golden Square

Capita Lovejoy, the land planning division of Capita Symonds, has unveiled designs for a new £1.5 million public square in Birmingham

The area known as Golden Square is located in the Jewellery Quarter of the city - the emerging ‘creative village’ which produces more than 40 per cent of all jewellery manufactured in the UK every year.

The design was chosen by a judging panel led by Birmingham City Council from a shortlist of six schemes selected by the public.

Golden Square is one of the first new projects of the council’s ‘Big City Plan’ which will see the city centre transformed in the coming years.  

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