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Niall McLaughlin, DSDHA and Tonkin Liu to battle for six Lancashire squares

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Niall McLaughlin, DSDHA, Graeme Massie Architects, Tonkin Liu and Neu Architects are among 26 practices shortlisted to redesign six town squares across Lancashire.

Dreamt up by the late music mogul Tony Wilson, the Pennine Lancashire Squared contest will see the revamp of public spaces in Burnley, Accrington, Blackburn, Bacup, Clitheroe and Nelson.

Nearly 80 firms entered the competition, which is being backed by regeneration agency Elevate and the Landscape Institute.

A shortlist of five practices was drawn up for each of the towns with Gillespies, Birds Portchmouth Russum, Landscape Projects and Taylor Young all bagging places on two separate contest sites.

Other notable finalist include New York-based Balmori Associates, Dutch firm OKRA Landscape Architects and Ireland’s Mitchell + Associates.

The full shortlist is:

Accrington (Peel Square):

Austin-Smith: Lord
Landscape Projects
McChesney Architects
Balmori Associates
Taylor Young

Bacup (St James’ Square):

Neu Architects
Patel Taylor
Grant Associates
Taylor Young

Blackburn (Victoria Square):

Niall McLaughlin
Landscape Projects
MESH Partnership and Studio Weave
Scott Wilson

Burnley (Sandygate Square):

Camlin Lonsdale
Kinnear Landscape Architects and Martin Stockley Associates
Civic Architects
Broadway Malyan

Clitheroe (Mediaeval Core):

Mitchell + Associates
Graeme Massie Architects
Birds Portchmouth Russum

Nelson (town centre):

Robinson Landscape Design
Birds Portchmouth Russum
Tonkin Liu

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