The local community is being asked for their views on the shortlisted designs to reimagine Prescot’s Market Place.
This design competition, which was launched in May, attracted 45 submissions from architect and landscape architect-led teams from across the globe to redesign the currently unused public open space as part of the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and wider regeneration of Prescot town centre. The THI has been made possible by a £1.848 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which is supported by National Lottery players.
The five shortlisted designs will be displayed in the windows of the former Grace Lea shop at the entrance to Prescot Shopping Centre on Eccleston Street between Thursday 3 August and Tuesday 8 August 2017.
On Saturday 5 August 2017, the shop will be open to the public between 10am and 2pm to view the designs and to speak with members of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) team.
You can submit your vote for your favourite design online www.ribacompetitions.com/prescot/vote.html from Thursday 3 August 2017 or at the drop-in session on Saturday 5 August 2017. You can view the designs here knowsleynews.co.uk/voting-opening-soon-for-prescot-market-place-final-design.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “The high quality designs that have been submitted for Market Place are fantastic and I would encourage residents and business owners in Prescot to have their say on the final design.
“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 42 entries to the competition which has been overseen by the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of the THI and the following designs were shortlisted:
* Blackstaff Architects, Belfast
* Charles Tashima Architecture, London
* Mark Wray Architects, Bath
* OMI Architects, Manchester
* Periscope Studio, London
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 final design winner will be announced in August 2017 and work is expected to start in early 2018 with completion scheduled for early Summer 2018. Prescot THI is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Knowsley Council and other local partners.