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RIBA announces Birmingham Centenary Square contest

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The RIBA will launch an international design competition to overhaul Birmingham’s iconic Centenary Square

The project will create a ‘desirable cultural hub and significant space’ in the city centre plaza which is home to Mecanoo’s new Library of Birmingham.

Supported by the Landscape Institute, the contest is open to architects, landscape architects, urban designers and students of the three disciplines.

The area on Broad Street was renamed Centenary Square in 1989 to commemorate the granting of Birmingham’s city status in 1889.

Landmarks include the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Grade II-listed Alpha Tower and Hall of Memory war memorial.

Shortlisted teams will receive £5,000 each to develop designs and present their proposals to the judges in February.

The judging panel will include RIBA advisor Sasha Bhavan from Knox Bhavan Architects.

Full details will be published on the competition’s dedicated website from 20 October.

The deadline for submissions is 2 December.


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