Birmingham Smithfield Masterplan: International Design Competition Launched for New Markets

An international competition has been launched to find the creative team that will be tasked with designing a new home for the Birmingham markets positioned at the heart of the £1.5 billion Smithfield development. The team will work in collaboration with Lendlease’s masterplan design team led by Prior + Partners and with market specialists Greig & Stephenson, who will provide the technical specification for the Market.

Copyright Birmingham City Council / Lendlease

Copyright Birmingham City Council / Lendlease

Lendlease has begun the search for designers who will play a key role in one of the most high-profile city-centre regeneration opportunities in Europe. Markets have been at the heart of Birmingham since the birth of the city, and the brief is to imagine a market building for the future. A place that builds on the existing energy and spirit of the markets by mixing in new ingredients and spaces to delight the existing communities, whilst attracting and entertaining new visitors.

Lendlease is Birmingham City Council’s preferred development partner for Smithfield and the markets are central to the City Council’s Big City Plan, a 25-year vision to support the development of a world-class city centre. The markets will provide the backdrop for a new injection of colour, atmosphere, culture and vitality into the heart of Birmingham, accelerating the next wave of growth and regeneration in this youthful international city. Prior + Partners has provided continuing support to Lendlease in the development of their Masterplan for this transformative city centre site.

Located in the heart of Birmingham, the project is set to reposition the city on an international stage. As well as a new markets building, the Smithfield development will deliver a significant family leisure and cultural offer, a new public square, integrated public transport and more than 2,000 homes with a public park and community facilities.

For more information and to see the detailed brief please visit:
https://www.colander.co.uk/architectural-competitions

Anastasia Kuchta