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Grand designs for Birmingham's £1.5M Jewellery Quarter

Architects Bryant Priest Newman are part of a design team working on plans for a £1.5M public square in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The proposal comes as part of Birmingham City Council’s Big City Plan and is one of the first projects to be considered.

A plaza, orchard and promenade will form the main square, with ‘needles’ like those of a compass pointing towards the area’s main global trade partners including the USA, South Africa and Australia.

Seats, lighting and fountains will be features of the structures, in the plan by a team led by Capita Lovejoy, the land planning division of Capita Symonds.

“The Golden Square will be a real focal point for the quarter - a place to hang out, to meet, to energise and to rest,” said Capita Lovejoy’s Andy Williams.

As well as Bryant Priest Newman, public artists David Patten and Jenny Peet are involved in the project, alongside digital media consultants Substrakt, engineers Ramboll and lighting designers Light Bureau.

The team proposals won an international design competition last September run by Turner & Townsend.

Contest spokesperson Bruce McAra said: “We saw some incredible designs for the Golden Square when we managed the international design competition and so it’s incredibly exciting to be working with the council and Capita Lovejoy in making that winning vision a reality for the Jewellery Quarter.”

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