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March 2003
Old Market 'Square Design'
Gustafson Porter
Gustafson Porter 'Square Design'
Gustafson Porter 'Square Design'
The Old Market Square is the city's guardian space, a safe haven, a place to regain energy...

Have a look at Gustafson Porter designs and scheme synopsis.

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Conran and Partners


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Stig L Andersson

Patel Taylor

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Over 60 Design Teams from Britain, Europe and America expressed an interest in the competition.

In November a shortlist of six Design Teams was drawn up by the Square One Evaluation Panel chaired by Les Sparks of CABE and English Heritage.

These six Design Teams came to Nottingham in December and met with key stakeholders and representative groups at The Council House.

Since that time they have been working on their new visions for Old Market Square which are on public display during March 2004 in The Broadmarsh and The Victoria shopping centres and at The Cornerhouse.

On Tuesday, 6th April 2004 the Evaluation Panel will choose one design to recommend to Nottingham City Council who will make any final decision.

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Scheme synopsis
The Old Market Square is the city's guardian space, a safe haven, a place to regain energy, wait and meet friends, be diverted momentarily from one's daily routines and to experience spectacular and well organised civic and cultural events.

A dynamic channel of water enters the square from Chapel Bar leading visitors to the Water Terraces at the north west end of the square. Here one can sit on benches and steps and rest amongst water or under the dappled light of trees with a balcony view into the events and activities placed in the square's unobstructed heart.

The water channel continues across the square as a route to Exchange Walk, Cheapside and the Council House. A similar route of light is placed between Smithy Row and Friar Lane, leading to Nottingham Castle. These diagonal routes will enable access to specialist markets and popular events in the centre of the Square, whilst at the same time ensuring pedestrians easy access to all parts of the city centre.

Beast Market Hill and South Parade remain as the destination for trams and buses, whilst Long Row with its elevated view over the square and sunny position will become a terrace for cafés and restaurants and a pedestrian avenue to promenade and window shop.

Art Works will be created in collaboration with artists as a textured surface inlaid with glass, metal or light undulating below the surface of the Water Terraces, whilst a ribbon of light will be suspended from the tram's cable posts, framing the square at night and creating a rippling wave of light that passes ahead of moving trams and pedestrians.

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Key points
It is our intention to make the Old Market Square a vibrant space distinctive to Nottingham and its citizens in the following ways:

Memory and Culture - we recognise the original reason for the square's existence by enabling it to be used as a market place, both during the day and in the evenings to reflect current lifestyles.

Creating A Soul - we have created natural places to meet and sit amongst water and trees and apart from the general activity of the main space, a place to regain energy.

Urban Connections - we have created unobstructed routes alongside and across the square creating direct connections with all parts of the city.

Safety - we have created a clearly observable space seen from every entry point, with the centre set subtly into the ground with a well lit heart.

Ease of Access - all routes through the square are unobstructed by stepped level changes, balustrading and ramps. The central space is flat and easily accessed by vehicles needing to stage events.

Layers of Use - the water feature can be programmed to become a stage for performances or an auditorium facing the Council House. The central space can be occupied by specialist markets and events.

Community - by creating a place where people meet and in which events can take place we bring together the varied districts and communities of the city, young and old.

Materials and Surface - we will continue the use of yorkstone paving around the square's perimeter and at the square's heart we will create an inventive use of texture in durable stone to last the test of time.

Water - the water terraces will create a sculptural focus to the west end of the square, providing a constantly changing canvas of reflection, texture and light and sound.

Light - a ripple of light will travel around the square activated by the movement of trams and pedestrians. The central space will be well lit and easily observed at night.

What now?
Now have a look at the other five designs, tell us what you think about them and vote for your favourite.

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