The winner of a design competition launched nearly 15 months ago to oversee the revamp of Manchester’s St Peter’s Square may not be known until the summer
Manchester City Council shortlisted five teams for the prize public realm scheme as part of its Town Hall Complex Transformation project in July last year (2010) and subsequently showcased the proposals as part of a public consultation exercise.
However it now looks like the finalists, which is understood to include Atkins, will have to go back to the drawing board due to the ‘potential for an additional Metrolink’ tram line which could run through St Peter’s Square (see attached right). The route had originally been pencilled in to follow Mount Street and run through Albert Square.
This switch will mean the cenotaph will have to be found a ‘more suitable location’. According to a council spokesman, both the re-routed tram link and the possible relocation of the monument will be ‘the subject of separate consultations’.
The architectural competition would only resume once the public had given feedback on the proposals with ‘the shortlisted candidates [then given] an updated brief’.
The contest for the redesign of St Peter’s Square and Library Walk was first launched in January 2010.