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Prescot Market Place global design competition launches

Architects have been invited to submit designs for the redevelopment of Prescot’s historic Market Place as part of an international competition.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is accepting anonymous entries in digital format and will select five winners to progress to the second and final phase.

Market Place, described by Knowsley Council as a “blank canvas”, is where Prescot’s commercial town centre meets the church and cemetery, retail park and homes.

The revamp is part of a broader regeneration initiative by the Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), which has invested £1.6 million into the conservation of the town’s historic buildings.

The group has also generated £400,000 of private investment to further boost Prescot’s transformation.

RIBA is organising the design competition in conjunction with the council and the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

John Flaherty, executive director of place at Knowsley Council, says: “The Prescot THI is a fantastic initiative and is literally changing the face of Prescot.

“The redesign of Market Place will create a vibrant special space in the town centre which will complement other amazing developments in the town including the new Shakespeare North Playhouse and Cinema, making Prescot even more attractive to visitors, residents and businesses.”

Euan Macdonald from Hawkins/Brown has been appointed as architect adviser on the project.

Entries for the design contest must be submitted by 2pm on 8 June.