International contest will select park design team

Design contest is launched for major park

A global search has begun for a design team for Birmingham’s first new city-centre park for decades. Birmingham City Council will launch a design competition on 23 March to design the 3ha City Park, Eastside sustainability adviser Rosemary Coyne said at the Landscape Institute conference. Eastside, the £6bn, 10-year project aimed at regenerating Birmingham’s industrial heart, is based on heritage, learning and technology. Organisers hope the winner will deliver an “inspirational 21st-century park for the people of Birmingham, which will help Eastside to attract visitors and developers”. Council cabinet member for regeneration Ken Hardeman said: “City Park is an established priority for the city council. It has been a key element of the Eastside project from the start, and has been significant in influencing developers to invest in the area. “I want the winning design to appeal to a wide spectrum of the community, as well as signalling the city’s aspirations to national and international audiences.” Six teams will prepare concept designs for submission in September. Designs will face a public vote and an expert panel. A winner will be announced at the end of 2006.

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