2009 started with a consultation event at Prior Deram Park in Coventry. The park is the primary greenspace located at the heart of the Canley regeneration masterplan. The masterplan will see the transformation of one of Coventry’s most deprived areas over the next 10 years.
We entered competitions for Pennine Square (placed), the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill On Sea (placed), Princess Street Gardens (shortlisted), and Abbey Green, Barking. International competitions included Oslo Waterfront, and the Luxembourg International School where we were shortlisted.
March saw Coventry’s War Memorial Park receive Heritage Lottery Fund funding following a successful bid prepared by Plincke. In April the ITFSB was announced for Blackburn BSF, and May was a particularly successful month with two RIBA Awards – for Minster School with Penoyre & Prasad Architects, and the University of Southampton’s Nanotechnology Centre with Jestico & Whiles Architects. Minster School also won the Sorrell Foundation Education Award in October.
A number of new commissions came towards the end of the year: Salford + Wigan BSF was secured in the North-West and landscape design associated with a new high-rise tower in Portsmouth on the South coast. Our proposal to Westminster City Council to re-design Golden Square in Soho, (attributed to Sir Christopher Wren) was also successful.