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Designs by finalists in Birmingham Centenary Sq comp go on show

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The final designs by the five firms vying for the job to regenerate Birmingham’s Centenary Square have gone on public display

The shortlist includes two local Birmingham-based studios – Broadway Malyan and Atkins – as well as Barton Willmore, Graeme Massie Architects and Open Studio Architects.

The practices, which revealed their initial concepts in January (see AJ 13.01.15), were chosen from 185 entries.

The teams were asked to 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.

The shortlist

  • Atkins, Birmingham
  • Barton Willmore, Reading
  • Broadway Malyan, Birmingham
  • Graeme Massie Architects, Edinburgh
  • Open Studio Architects with United Visual Artists, London

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 teams received a £5,000 honorarium to work up their schemes which went on show at the Library of Birmingham earlier today (22 May). The exhibition runs until Saturday 30 May.

The five shortlisted teams will present their designs to the judging panel on the 5 June.

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