Nottingham City Council has launched a contest to design a £200,000 monument to the 14,000 local people who died in the First World War
Open to artists and architects, the competition will select a team to design, manufacture and install an ‘iconic’ addition to the landmark Grade II-listed Memorial Gardens on the city’s Victoria Embankment.
The project, also supported by Nottinghamshire County Council, will deliver a memorial and roll of honour featuring the names of all the local people who lost their lives fighting in the conflict.
According to the brief: ‘Over 14,000 Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire people died in the First World War and Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils want to jointly commission an artist or architect to design, manufacture and install an iconic piece of public art that will stand for several hundred years marking this sacrifice as a dedicated memorial.
‘The names will represent military and civilians who lived in Nottingham and died as a result of the conflict. There should be some thought given to how to incorporate names that come along after the project has been finished and installed, this could be years after but needs to be considered alongside the maintenance. The scheme should not be reflective of any religion.’
The Memorial Gardens were created in 1927, around 2km south of city centre overlooking the River Trent, as a site to remember the people of Nottingham who died during the war. The formal park was donated to the city by Boots chemists founder Jesse Boot, and features a triumphal arch, colonnade and bandstand along with a water feature and decorative planting.
The winning scheme is set to be installed by 4 November 2018. Proposals for the ‘moving, beautiful, contemplative and reflective’ installation will be expected to respect and enhance the existing gardens while also attracting new visitors. Schemes may focus on a specific area within the 2.7ha gardens or involve the entire site.
Shortlisted teams will be invited to draw up more detailed proposals and create 3D models following an initial open call for concepts. Teams participating in the second phase of the contest will each receive a £350 honorarium.
The deadline for applications is 26 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Nottingham City Council