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Patel Taylor sweeps aside competitors for Birmingham park

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Patel Taylor has seen off some of the world's biggest landscape designers to land the Eastside City Park project in Birmingham.

The London-based practice beat the likes of Gross Max and Gustafson Porter to win the competition to design the city's first new park in more than a century.

Among the other losing finalists in the contest, which was launched last March, were Broadway Malyan, Camlin Lonsdale and Gillespies.

All six schemes went on public display in October ( Six compete for Birmingham's first park in over 100 years) and were then assessed on their technical merits before a panel of expert judges plumped for Patel Taylor's winning scheme.

The park is seen as a key component of the regeneration of the Eastside area of the city and Birmingham's ongoing 'renaissance'.

Birmingham Council now hopes to land a major windfall from the Big Lottery Fund's Living Landmark scheme to help deliver the winning proposal.

It is understood the authority needs to find around £50 million to finance the project.

by Richard Waite

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