Birkenhead Park

Landscape Institute park competition launched

The North West branch of the Landscape Institute and Manchester Metropolitan University's architecture department is holding a design ideas competition to 're-imagine the public park for the 21st-Century'.

The competition is part of a celebration of the works and legacy of Joseph Paxton, the designer of Princes Park in Liverpool in 1842 and Birkenhead Park in 1847. These are thought to be two of the earliest public parks in the world and were influential on the later development of parks including Central Park in New York.

Design teams across the region are invited to conceive and envisage a public park. An award of £1,000 will be presented to the winning entry.

The registration deadline is 24 July, and submission of entries is required by 4 September 2015.

Within the design brief, the Landscape Institute said: "We believe the time is right for a complete re-examination of the public park in the UK, placing an emphasis not just on their heritage and conservation, an attitude alien to the forward-looking Victorian mind, but their potential. How could they contribute better, not only to the social and recreational life of our urban areas, but also to their environmental sustainability and biodiversity?"

The Landscape Institute is the professional body and regulator for landscape architecture.

To download the competition brief click here

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