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Finalists in Millennium Point contest revealed

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The AJ can exclusively reveal the concept schemes by the six finalists in the RIBA-backed ideas competition to design a new ‘marker’ for Grimshaw’s Millennium Point  complex in Birmingham

Selected from 27 entrants, the proposals have been drawn up by BDP, De Matos Ryan, Brighton’s Quixotic Architecture, Birmingham-based K4 Architects, Make Architects and a joint bid by Daniel Madeiros with Jonathan Schwinge.

Architects were asked to come up with a scheme which would ‘draw attention to the under played north side’ of the 11–year-old millennium project in the developing Eastside of the city centre.

According to judging panel chair, architect and chief executive of Millennium Point, Philip Singleton, the contest could be the first of many with potential work needed both internally and externally at the £114 million science and technology education centre. He said: ‘For me this is a mini-form of patronage for the profession. We’d love to do something along the lines of an annual Serpentine Pavilion here if we could get it to work as a model.’

Gabrielle Omar of Lolli & Square and star of BBC show The Apprentice added: ‘The short-listed applicants demonstrated an impressive understanding of the site, and answered the brief with great knowledge and research of what Millennium Point brings and intends to bring to the local community - as well as internationally.  The competition has been very successful offering an impressive array of ideas, with varied yet interesting styles of presentation.

‘The applicants varied from single entrants to entries from larger firms, which illustrated how effective the initial brief was in capturing the imagination of so many.’

A winner is due to be announced at the end of February 2013.

Gimshaw's Millennium Point building a science and technology education centre in Birmingham’s Eastside area, is a £114 million millennium project

Gimshaw’s Millennium Point building a science and technology education centre in Birmingham’s Eastside area, is a £114 million millennium project

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