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Jan Gehl vies for Salisbury square win

A team headed up by Danish urban designer Jan Gehl has been named on the shortlist for the competition to overhaul the historic market square in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Collaborating with engineer Martin Stockley Associates, Simon Fenton Partnership, Research Design Architecture and Salford-based Landscape Projects, Gehl is battling against five other finalists to win the RIBA–organised contest.

The other shortlisted teams are:

  • Nottingham-based Letts Wheeler Architects with Martin Stockley Associates and Wolfgang Buttress Complete Construction Management.

  • Multi-discplinary outfit Halcrow.

  • Rummey Design with Design Engine and Ramboll Whitbybird.

  • Land Use Consultants with sculptor Peter Randall-Page, London-based Knox Bhavan Architects, lighting specialists Spiers & Major and transport planners Colin Buchanan & Partners.

  • beswick:dix and lead consultant BPL Architecture.

Although the focus of the competition is the marketplace, the winning team will also be asked by contest backers Wiltshire County Council and Salisbury District Council to produce a city-wide public realm strategy.

Councillor Peter Edge, portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at Salisbury District Council, said: ‘A reborn marketplace would play a crucial role in helping the city prosper and grow.'

He added: 'The quality of the submissions received was outstanding and we are confident that we have shortlsited six teams that are all capable of transforming the marketplace into a showpiece of modern public realm within a historic setting.'

A winner will be announced in February 2009.

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