Birmingham's Centenary Square design competition winner revealed

The winner of a competition to transform one of Birmingham's largest public spaces has been named as Graeme Massie Architects.

The winning Centenary Square design. Image: Graeme Massie Architects
The winning Centenary Square design. Image: Graeme Massie Architects
The Edinburgh-based architects beat nearly 200 other designers and architects from around the world in a competition run by RIBA and the Landscape Institute on behalf of Birmingham City Council to redesign Centenary Square.

Graeme Massie Architects' winning design, the Hall of Columns, was selected from a shortlist of five by a panel of judges.

Judges were impressed by a number of features, including:

  • The lighting columns, which will provide a unique and iconic image for Birmingham
  • The fact the scheme is multi-dimensional, incorporating trees, seating, water and lights which can be appreciated from every angle
  • The 'timeless simplicity' of the design which can be used for a wide range of events
  • Good fit with existing and planned developments in the area
  • The design complements the history of the square as well as providing an iconic design for the future.

Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "This competition has attracted entries from national and international designers, with the quality of entries making the judges' job extremely difficult, but I am delighted that we are now at the point where we can reveal the winner.

"We believe the winning scheme offers something different for Birmingham and will reshape Centenary Square into an important public space where people can stop, relax and socialise, rather than simply passing through, as well as coming together to enjoy a diverse calendar of events."

Graeme Massie said: "We are delighted to have won the competition for Centenary Square in Birmingham. The project presents a fantastic opportunity to build on the success of the city in developing high quality public buildings and spaces, such as the Library of Birmingham and Eastside City Park. Through working closely with Birmingham City Council, key stakeholders and the wider community we hope to deliver a public space which everyone in the city can be proud of."

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

IoG Saltex 2016 - show preview

IoG Saltex 2016 - show preview

This year's Saltex will be looking to build on the success of last year by packing in a multitude of exhibitors and sessions over the two days, Sally Drury reports.



These tidy evergreen trees are not just for Christmas and come in a range of shapes and sizes, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Tree lifting, moving  and planting

Tree lifting, moving and planting

Successful relocations can see even big trees flourish while costing less than buying new stock, says Sally Drury.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Landscape Contracts & Tenders

Industry Data

New: We have pooled the wealth of data from the past six months' worth of Landscape Project Leads to create an exclusive report for subscribers looking at the key development trends, clients and locations for 2016.