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Hall McKnight wins Ipswich square revamp competition

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Hall McKnight has won the £3.5 million competition to transform Ipswich’s Cornhill, the centre piece of the Suffolk town

The Belfast practice beat Gustafson Porter, John McAslan & Partners, LDA Design and Letts Wheeler Architects to bag the competition which was instigated after M&S boss Sir Stuart Rose said the town looked ‘a bit shabby’.

The winning plans will improve access to the town hall and include a steel and glass tower.

Jay Merrick, architectural critic for the Independent and regular AJ contributor who chaired the competition jury said: ‘The practice’s winning scheme sought a balance between transforming the Cornhill into a strikingly modern-looking civic space, and ensuring that it would add fresh public and commercial energies to the centre of the town.’

WINNER: Hall McKnight's proposal for the civic space around Ipswich's Cornhill

WINNER: Hall McKnight’s proposal for the civic space around Ipswich’s Cornhill



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