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One of Birmingham’s flagship public spaces was officially opened to reveal its new design in a special ceremony on the 3 July.
Centenary Square’s new look was unveiled nearly five years after Birmingham City Council launched a competition to redesign one of the city’s biggest squares, which attracted 185 entries from more than 30 countries.
The winning entry, designed by Edinburgh-based firm Graeme Massie Architects, includes a mix of trees, small plants alongside a new reflection pool and integrated seating.
Cllr Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, was joined by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mohammed Azim and the Lady Mayoress, Bushra Bi, to open the square by switching on the pool’s 28 water jets.
Regeneration works were majority-funded by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. It awarded a £10.55m Enterprise Zone grant, with more funds secured through Section 106 planning infrastructure levy (£1.2m) and city council funding (£3.8m).
Graeme Massie, architect who won the design competition, said:
“We are delighted with the completion of our competition-winning proposals for Centenary Square, and now look forward to seeing it evolve into a key gathering place for the people of Birmingham and visitors to the city.”