The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the shortlist for the design competition to reimagine Prescot Market Place.
Launched in May, the global design contest invited concepts from architect or landscape architect–led teams to redesign the town’s currently unused public open space.
There were 45 entries to the competition which has been overseen by RIBA on behalf of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (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
Councillor Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development says: “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 shortlisted teams have been invited to submit their developed design to the evaluation panel.
The final design winner will be announced in August 2017 and work is expected to start in early 2018.