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Birmingham Centenary Square contest launches

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The RIBA has offically launched an international design competition for the regeneration of Centenary Square in Birmingham

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

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

After the first stage of the competition five concept designs will be chosen and taken forward to the second stage of the contest. Each of the shortlisted teams will receive a £5,000 honorarium to develop their proposals.

The shortlisted designs will then go on public display, and will be presented to a judging panel in March 2015.

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.

The judging panel is set to include RIBA advisor Sasha Bhavan from Knox Bhavan Architects.

Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council said: ‘Centenary Square is one of Birmingham’s most important public spaces and home to some of the city’s landmark buildings, including the Library of Birmingham and the International Convention Centre.

‘This exciting international competition provides designers and Birmingham City Council with a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape what we hope will become a space accessible to both residents and visitors, promoting the square as a place for people to relax and socialise on a more informal basis in addition to the organised events already held there.’

The deadline for submissions is 2 December.

Full details on the competition are available, here.

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