Centenary Square Competition Birmingham

Centenary Square in Birmingham, RIBA Midlands Competition, Architecture Contest

Centenary Square Competition Birmingham

West Midlands Design Contest, England, UK – RIBA: Regeneration

20 Oct 2014

Centenary Square Competition

Launch of international design competition for the regeneration of Centenary Square in Birmingham

Architects and designers are being offered the chance to play a key role in the regeneration of one of Birmingham’s largest public spaces, through a competition launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Landscape Institute on behalf of Birmingham City Council.

Following the successful completion of the Library of Birmingham (shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2014) and the planned changes around the edges of Centenary Square, the time is now right to regenerate this important space into a cultural hub and desirable square for the city.

Centenary Square Competition Birmingham
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The competition is open to registered architects, landscape architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines worldwide.

Stage one of the competition will require digital submissions only, with five concept designs then being shortlisted for further development at the second stage. Each shortlisted designer will receive an honorarium of £5,000 + VAT and be invited to present their designs for public consultation and then to the judging panel in March 2015.

Councillor 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.

“I am looking forward to seeing some truly innovative ideas put forward by designers from around the world.”

Chris Webster, board director for Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), responsible for optimising assets and Enterprise Zone champion, said: “The planned improvements to Centenary Square aim to deliver the maximum impact for this part of the city centre, adding to the existing cultural offering in the vicinity of the square.

“GBSLEP look forward to the results of this competition, our ambitions for Centenary Square are to create an attractive environment that compliments the LEP’s goals to improve the quality of life for the regions citizens who live and work in the city; to complement other city centre improvements and provide an inspirational place to attract inward investment and tourism.”

For further details and to enter please visit www.ribacompetitions.com/centenarysquare. The closing date for receiving first stage entries is 2 December by 2pm.

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The Cube Birmingham
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RIBA Competitions
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Centenary Square
Named in 1989 to mark the centenary of Birmingham achieving city status in 1889, Centenary Square is home to a number of key buildings, including the Library of Birmingham, the Old Rep Theatre, the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall, as well as a variety of statues and sculptures. Plans for the square include an extension of the Midland Metro and improvements to road layouts, with the aim of making the space accessible to all Birmingham residents and visitors. This forms part of the Enterprise Zone Investment Plan, supporting growth and investment in the city centre.

The Cube, Birmingham
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The Cube Birmingham
photograph © Make / Zander Olsen




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