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International Ideas Competition for the redesign of Bonn Square in the heart of Oxford City centre


25 May 2005

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RIBA Competitions Office
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E: riba.competitions@riba.org

Graeme Massie Architects has won the international ideas competition promoted by Oxford City Council with its partners, the West End Steering Group, to create a new high quality design for Bonn Square in the heart of Oxford City centre.
Competitors were set the challenge of transforming Bonn Square, an historic city square, which has a fractured spatial character and low overall quality, into a high quality contemporary city square.
The judges were looking for a winning design that could respond to the City Council's vision for Bonn Square as a dynamic, inspirational city square. Designers were asked to be courageous in their thinking, be aware of the opportunities afforded by the enhanced role of Bonn Square in the city's west end, and respect its setting within the central (city and university) conservation area.
93 submissions were made for the first stage of which 36 were overseas entries from countries including Australia, Japan, USA, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
6 schemes were shortlisted from the open first stage and their work put on public exhibition. These teams were then invited to present their schemes to the Jury Panel.
The teams to reach the shortlist were:

  • Richard Frankland and James Alexander, FKDA with Artist Stephen Broadbent, and QS, The Vinden Partnership, Manchester
  • Chris Lelliott and Daniel Nicholls, Malcolm V Lelliott Ltd, Godalming
  • Daniel Mancini, James Mackenzie, Juliet Matthews, Justine Owen, Oxford
  • Paul Swann and Neil Black, Breeze Landscape Architects, with Thomas. Matthews and Equation Lighting, and David Langdon, London
  • Sue Goodman Architect with Clare Paige of Colvin and Moggridge, Lechlade
  • Graeme Massie Architects, Edinburgh

Honoraria of £2000 (approx. 2800 Euros) will be paid to each of these teams with Graeme Massie Architects receiving £5000 (approx. 7000 Euros) for winning the competition.
The 6 schemes will be exhibited in Oxford at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP from 9th to 19th June. The exhibition forms part of the Oxford 2015 Dreams Plans Visions. A second exhibition of the 6 schemes will be shown at the RIBA in Gallery II during the summer months.

Notes to editors

- Please ensure the RIBA is credited when mentioning the above competition.

- For further details regarding the competition contact Julia Davies, RIBA Competitions, 6 Melbourne Street, Leeds, LS2 7PS.
T: 0113 234 1335
F: 0113 246 0744
E: RIBA.Competitions@inst.riba.org
W: www.ribacompetitions.com


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