Birmingham Centenary Square Competition

Sponsor: Birmingham City Council, RIBA

Location: Birmingham, UK

Type: open, international, 2 stage

Eligiblity: Open to registered architects, landscape architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines worldwide.

Language: English

Entrance Fee: £50+VAT for professionals and £15+VAT for students

Awards: 5 shortlisted designs will receive and honorarium of £5,000 + VAT and will advance to stage 2 of the competition.

Stage 1 Submission Deadline: 2 December 2014

Stage 2 Submission Deadline: 27 February 2015


Jim Wilson – Project Delivery Manager, Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council
Sasha Bhavan – Knox Bhavan Architects, RIBA Adviser
Councillor Ian Ward – Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council
Vicky J Smith – Acivico, Architect
Andy Wayro – Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council, Senior Landscape Officer / Urban Designer

Design Challenge:

Birmingham City Council invites UK and international architects, landscape architects, urban designers and students of these disciplines, to enter the Centenary Square Design Competition. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, to be part of shaping Birmingham’s future.

The design competition for this key public space will be in two stages. In the first stage conceptual designs will be judged anonymously. The 5 best of these will then progress to stage two; the shortlisted teams will be granted an honorarium and asked to develop their designs further. Judging for the stage two submissions will include a public consultation.

Up to £5 million construction costs for the project have been identified plus additional funding for fees, which is subject to final City Council approval when the winning design has been confirmed. It is the intention that the design team of the winning application will be appointed and retained for all RIBA stages of the project. Project Management and Quantity Surveying services will be provided by Acivico Ltd. The contractor will be allocated through the Constructing West Midlands (CWM) Framework.

Centenary Square sits at the heart of an area of significant change within the west of the city centre. The recently completed Library of Birmingham, the refurbished and remodelled Repertory Theatre and the future extension of the Metro to the square; coupled with a number of significant developments in the immediate area gives us the perfect opportunity to reinvent this historic square.

The multi-award winning Eastside City Park and the Library of Birmingham demonstrate Birmingham’s proven track record of delivering outstanding, world class projects and public spaces. Centenary Square is an opportunity to build on these successes and go further to cement the City’s international status.

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