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Centenary Square RIBA Competition

Centenary Square

​Graeme Massie Architects
Competition | Past

​Centenary Square

Centenary Square is located to the west of the city centre of Birmingham and is one of the largest civic open spaces in Birmingham. The square is bounded by the Rep Theatre, Library of Birmingham, Baskerville House, Hyatt Hotel, House of Sport, Birmingham Municipal Bank, the ICC, Symphony Hall and Paradise Forum.

Open Infrastructure

Graeme Massie Architects were selected as winners of the competition.

Judges were particularly impressed with the winning scheme, known as the Hall of Columns, for a wide range of reasons, including:

  • The lighting columns, which will provide a unique and iconic image for Birmingham
  • The fact the scheme is multi-dimensional, incorporating trees, seating and water with a ceiling of lights which can be appreciated not just from the square but from the terrace of the library and the higher floors of surrounding buildings too
  • The ‘timeless simplicity’ of the design which also offers the flexibility for the location to be used for a wide range of events in the long-term
  • The design fits in well with the 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

'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.'

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council

The scheme received planning permission in August 2016 and work is expected to be completed on site in August 2018.

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