Golden Square International Design Competition


Dramatic designs for a new £1.5 million square at the heart of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter were unveiled today by Birmingham City Council after the public were asked to help choose which of six different proposals should get the go-ahead.

Created by Birmingham based architects, Capita Lovejoy, the ‘Golden Square’ will provide a focal point for visitors and shoppers within the Quarter alike – a place to hang out, meet and rest. It will be a space to hold events and markets, to make speeches and to exhibit – a place to take a photo.

View winning project...


Birmingham is planning a new public square (approximately 10,000m2): an exciting, iconic and inspiring space in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. The Golden Square will provide a focal point to the Quarter. A place to hang out, to meet, to energise and to rest. It will be a space to hold events and markets, to make speeches and to exhibit – a place to take a photo.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, EoI, Open, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Landscape, Public, Urban
Country Birmingham, UK
RegDeadline 19 December 2008 GoogleCal iCal
19 December 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

Criteria for Stage 1
Shortlisting for teams will be based on:
• Demonstrated understanding of the role that inspirational design might
play in delivering exceptional public realm space;
• Proposed approach to the project and understanding of the context of the
Golden Square and the issues involved;
• Ability to create inspirational and unique designs, responsive to the
• Range of relevant expertise available to the team;
• Relevant track record of projects broadly comparable in scale and
complexity with the Golden Square project, either by the lead designer or
through design team proposed to support the project.

Teams will also need to meet routine requirements for contracting to work with
the City Council.

Not yet announced

Each shortlisted practice will receive an honorarium of £3,000

Entry Fee

- Statement of approach to the Golden Square project
- An preliminary sketch design provided on A3
- Examples of up to four recent comparable projects
- CV
- General financial, legal and company information

Submission Address
Turner & Townsend
63 Church Street
B3 2DP
Telephone: 0121 262 1100

Short-listed design teams announced: Late January 2009
Deadline for Receipt of Tenders: Early March 2009
Public Exhibition Mid: March 2009
Winner Announced: April 2009

Birmingham City Council

Official Website