A design competition for Centenary Square has been launched by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions and the Landscape Institute on behalf of Birmingham City Council.
Following the completion of the new Library of Birmingham last year, the council wants to develop this part of town into a cultural hub for the city. Named in 1989 to mark the centenary of Birmingham achieving city status in 1889, Centenary Square is also home to the Old Rep Theatre and the International Convention Centre & 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. This forms part of the Enterprise Zone Investment Plan in the city centre.
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 a £5,000 honorarium and be invited to present their designs to the judging panel in March 2015.
Deputy council leader Ian Ward 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.”