Proposed designs for George Square redevelopment go on public display

Designs by six short-listed companies taking part in the international competition to redevelop George Square go on public display today (Wednesday, 9 January) at The Lighthouse.

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The £15m project caught the imagination of the international design community with Glasgow City Council receiving 35 submissions to redevelop the square from as far afield as Australia, the USA and Sweden.

Images of the six short-listed submissions are available to view online here.

They have been submitted by:

· Agence Ter (France)

· Burns + Nice (UK)

· Gustafson Porter (UK)

· James Corner Field Operations (USA)

· jmarchitects (UK)

· John McAslan & Partners (UK)

The competition winner will have the prestigious task of working in partnership with the council to develop the final design for the square which will further enhance Glasgow's reputation as an international city.

The six designs will be considered by a judging panel and the winner will be announced on Friday, 18 January.

The judging panel comprises: David Mackay, partner, MBM Architects Barcelona; Professor Andy McMillan, former head of Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art; David Harding, former head of Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art; Geoff Ellis, director of DF Concerts; and Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council. The panel's technical advisor is Neil Baxter, secretary and treasurer, RIAS.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The calibre of the six designs is very high and I'm sure whichever design team is chosen, Glaswegians will have a George Square to be proud of again.

"Each bidder has a wealth of international experience and all six have delivered a number of eye-catching civic spaces acclaimed by their peers and public alike.

"This redevelopment is a hugely exciting moment in the growth of the city as Glasgow strives to forge ahead and meet its future challenges.

"The prestige of the companies competing to redevelop George Square is a clear indication of just how iconic it is around the world.

"It is absolutely essential we choose the right team to create a new George Square - a George Square fit for the 21st Century. I look forward to working closely with the winning design team to develop their design and give the people and businesses of Glasgow the George Square they deserve."

It is anticipated that redevelopment work will be carried out in two stages, with the first stage being completed before the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Funding of up to £5m from the overall investment programme will enable early delivery of phase one of the George Square redevelopment with an additional £10m assumed within the Buchanan Quarter TIF Business Case.

The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU

Opening times:

Monday - Saturday 10.30 - 17.00

Sunday 12 - 17.00

Details on the six finalists

Agence Ter (lead consultant) - has an international reputation for innovative and creative public realm landscape and urban designs including major international projects such as Les Halles in Paris.

Part of the design team will be Hengehan Peng architects (Dublin/Ireland & Berlin/Germany). The practice was founded by Shih-Fu Peng and Roisin Heneghan in New York in 1999 and has collaborated with many leading designers and engineers on a wide range of international projects - including the Grand Egyptian Museum, the Central Park Bridges at the 2012 Olympic Park, the Giant's Causeway visitor centre and a library and School of Architecture for the University of Greenwich, London.

Also included are Buro Happold (civil, structural & services engineers) and Gardner & Theobold (cost consultants) Bartenbach LichtLabor (lighting consultants) and Atmos (art / architect).

Burns+Nice (lead consultant) - landscape architects/urban designers. Responsible for many recent public realm works including Leicester Square in London, the Millennium Quarter in St Helier and a series of new public spaces in and around London such as St Martins Courtyard in Covent Garden, the new precinct outside the Old Baillie and Bow Courtyard. They are currently working on a similar project for Omonoia Square in Athens. Key members of this team will include Halcrow, Rybka Services and Infrastructure, ARUP Lighting and Gardner & Theobold.

Gustafson Porter (lead consultant) - their work is mainly public realm. They have designed and delivered award winning projects at many scales, from memorial fountains to squares, gardens and parks in the UK and abroad. These include the Old Market Square in Nottingham, completed in 2007, Woolwich Squares in London, Westergasfabriek Culture Park in Amsterdam, Parco CityLife in Milan and Shoreline Walk in Beirut.

James Corner Field Operations (lead consultant) - an award winning New York firm of landscape architects/urban designers who will lead a team which includes local architects Gillespies, Make Architects, Buro Happold and Speirs & Major.

Projects by JCFO include the design of the High Line in New York City; London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; a redevelopment of Earl's Court; Chicago's historic Navy Pier; a new waterfront city for Shenzhen, China; a master plan for Seattle's Central Waterfront; The Race Street Pier in Philadelphia; Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront; and the design of the Civic Center Parks in Santa Monica.

JM Architects (lead consultant) - an award winning Architecture firm with offices in Glasgow. They are leading a multidiscipline team which includes Edinburgh based Graeme Massie Architects (architect of the year award, Scottish Design Awards 2010). The team has experience in delivering innovative and robust architectural and landscape projects. Recent work includse Glasgow School of Art, Phase 1 and public realm in collaboration with Steven Holl Architects, Hillhead Primary School, and the redevelopment of Bonn Square in Oxford.

John McAslan and Partners (lead consultant) - a multi-award winning architecture, urban design and landscape design practice. They have experience in delivering multi-discipline projects including the redevelopment of the Grade I listed King's Cross Station which included significant public realm and infrastructure. They were master planner and design architect of the Stanislavsky Factory development; a mix of reusing of historic buildings tied together with a new landscape design in Moscow.