Graeme Massie Architects has submitted plans for the £8 million regeneration of Birmingham’s Centenary Square
The Edinburgh-based studio defeated four rivals – including local outfits Broadway Malyan and Atkins – to win the high-profile commission following an RIBA Competition last year.
More than 185 proposals were received in the contest to create a ‘desirable cultural hub and significant space’ in the city-centre plaza home to Mecanoo’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted Library of Birmingham.
The submitted plans include a Hall of Columns, groves of trees, a drainable pool and granite surfaces. The Grade I-listed Hall of Memory war memorial will remain, but its features will be enhanced.
These include a granite surface composed of a variety of surface textures and tones, groves of maple, ginkgo and cherry trees, areas of herbaceous perennial planting and a shallow reflecting pool that doubles as a large open events space when drained.
According to the practice: ‘The resultant space is one which has a clear, singular identity yet is diverse in spatial character and will provide an appropriate backdrop to both daily life and communal events at all times of the year.’
The project is set to start on site in January 2017 and due to complete in Summer 2018.
Location Centenary Square, Birmingham
Type of project public realm
Client Birmingham City Council
Architect Graeme Massie Architects
Structural engineer Aecom
M&E consultant Aecom
Quantity surveyor Aecom
Planning supervisor Birmingham City Council
Lighting consultant Aecom
Appointment RIBA Open Competition
Start on site date January 2017
Completion date Summer 2018
Contract duration 18 months
Total cost £8 million