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Patel Taylor sweeps aside competitors for Birmingham park

Patel Taylor has seen off some of the world's biggest landscape designers to land the Eastside City Park project in Birmingham.

The London-based practice beat the likes of Gross Max and Gustafson Porter to win the competition to design the city's first new park in more than a century.

Among the other losing finalists in the contest, which was launched last March, were Broadway Malyan, Camlin Lonsdale and Gillespies.

All six schemes went on public display in October ( Six compete for Birmingham's first park in over 100 years) and were then assessed on their technical merits before a panel of expert judges plumped for Patel Taylor's winning scheme.

The park is seen as a key component of the regeneration of the Eastside area of the city and Birmingham's ongoing 'renaissance'.

Birmingham Council now hopes to land a major windfall from the Big Lottery Fund's Living Landmark scheme to help deliver the winning proposal.

It is understood the authority needs to find around £50 million to finance the project.

by Richard Waite

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