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Westminster Council seeks designers to 'revamp' Westminster Cathedral piazza

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Architects and designers have the chance to redesign a piazza outside one of the UK’s most important religious buildings

The site outside Westminster Cathedral, the home of Roman Catholicism in the UK, sits has a rich history, previously been used as a market, maze and bull-baiting pen. Now Westminster Council is looking for designers and architects to ‘revamp’ the piazza.

The council is also looking for a new design for Wilcox Place located just off Victoria Street near to the Piazza.The company who best meet the design brief’s criteria will be commissioned to design both spaces.

Canon Tuckwell from Westminster Cathedral said:’Westminster Cathedral is keen to work with Westminster City Council in their plans for renovating and improving the piazza area. Because this area acts as a forecourt to the Cathedral we hope that the plans will take into account its use as a semi sacred place and an area for peaceful reflection’.

The newly cathedral was designed by architect John Francis Bentley in 1894 after he was selected by the third Archbishop Herbert Vaughan to create a ‘great religious building’.

For further information on the design process for the two public open spaces and to register your interest, please contact Roger Austin, Programme Manager on 020 7641 7061 or raustin@westminster.gov.uk.

The call for entries is open to international designers and architects.

Expressions of interest should be shown no later than Monday 1 February 2010.

 


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  • It seems almost glaringly obvious that this space should be made into some kind of green garden or lawn. During the working week there are thousands of workers wandering between shops and sandwich bars, with almost nowhere to sit and relax. This space could become a real oasis in what is a very busy, polluted urban area. Perhaps if people have this place to relax for a while, they may even have the time to contemplate what goes on within the building, and venture in. At present it is a 'walk past' place for most people. Less piaza please!

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