The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for the design competition to reimagine Prescot’s Market Place.
The global design competition, which was launched in May, invited design concepts from architect or landscape architect–led teams to redesign the currently unused public open space as part of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and wider regeneration of Prescot town centre.
There were 45 entries to the competition which has been overseen by RIBA on behalf of the THI.
The shortlisted teams, who will now work up their design proposals in more detail, are:
- Blackstaff Architects, Belfast
- Charles Tashima Architecture, London
- Mark Wray Architects, Bath
- OMI Architects, Manchester
- Periscope Studio, London
Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“The Prescot THI is a fantastic initiative and we’re delighted that this shortlisting will take us one step closer to creating a development which will change the face of Prescot.
“The redesign of Market Place will create a vibrant special space in the heart of the town centre which will complement other amazing developments including the new Shakespeare North Playhouse and the multiplex cinema, making Prescot even more attractive to visitors, residents and businesses.”
The redesign of Market Place is the single biggest project of the Prescot THI and will have a considerable impact on the look, feel and function of Prescot Town Centre.
Over the past four years the ambitious initiative has invested £1.6million in the conservation and celebration of Prescot’s historic buildings, spaces and the town’s past and has levered in over £400,000 of private investment. To date, ten buildings in Prescot town centre have been, or are being, repaired and restored to their former glory.
The shortlisted teams have been invited to submit their developed design to the evaluation panel.
During early August these designs will be displayed in a public exhibition for people to view and comment on.
The final design winner will be announced in August 2017 and work is expected to start in early 2018.
Prescot THI is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Knowsley Council and other local partners.