Manchester launches contest to revamp St Peter's Square

Up to six landscape architecture firms could receive £7,500 each to prepare a bid to design a public square in Manchester.

The city council is running a design competition to help it plan improvements to St Peter's Square. The project is expected to cost £20m to build.

The aim is to create a distinctive space that will link the public buildings along the square's perimeter. The square will act as a focal point for the town hall complex and surrounding commercial businesses. It is intended to provide a catalyst for further regeneration.

The contest will be a two-stage process. The council will initially conduct a pre-qualification exercise to identify up to six firms that will be invited to submit bids.

Prospective applicants can complete and submit a pre-qualification questionnaire, available from the pre-procurement portal, the Chest, at The council is seeking submissions from design teams with a track record of delivering outstanding public realm schemes.

Each applicant invited to bid will receive £7,500. The deadline for submissions is 23 February.

The council will hold a suppliers' briefing at 10am on 3 February in the Great Hall, Town Hall, Manchester. Contact Chris Johnson by emailing or call 0161 234 3085.


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