Salisbury Market Place Renaissance – Result Announced
A team led by Letts Wheeler Architects has been chosen following an RIBA competition, to develop a landscape and public realm scheme in the historic city of Salisbury.
Launched in August 2008, the competition set the objective of finding a team to design and implement a high quality scheme which would improve, enhance and reclaim the Market Place, Guildhall Square and surrounding areas as a high quality focal space for the city. The focus of the competition was the Market Place, a one-hectare site, which will play a crucial role in helping the city prosper and grow. Following an invitation for expressions of interest, six teams were shortlisted and invited to produce concept design schemes.
Councillor Peter Edge, Chair of the Jury Panel, and also Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Tourism at Salisbury District Council, said: "The Letts Wheeler scheme is an exciting concept design that will breathe life into the heart of our wonderful city, helping Salisbury to compete as a regional destination. The judging panel felt that their concept complimented the historic nature of the Market Place and the city centre".
In an extensive public consultation exercise, held prior to final judging, Letts Wheeler's design was well received by the public, market traders, businesses and fairground operators, who felt that the proposed single open space was well thought through offering a flexible and very useable space.
Andrew Wheeler, a partner at Letts Wheeler, said : "The layout is inspired by the history of the city and the cathedral. We are delighted to be involved and thrilled that the proposals have been so well received. We hope that everyone will find something to enjoy in the scheme and look forward to developing the design further with the help of all involved in the project".
The Letts Wheeler team will now work closely with the Salisbury Vision team to work up their concept and to develop and deliver the scheme. It is hoped that work will begin as early as autumn 2010.
The team is : Letts Wheeler Architects (lead consultants) ; Martin Stockley Associates Public Realm Engineers) ; Wolfgang Buttress Public Realm Artist ; Focus Consultants Quantity Surveyor) ; DPA Lighting ; Fountainhead (Fountain Designer).