'Ugly' Trinity Square set for second revamp - Vote and tell us which design you prefer
THE city council is set to spend up to £500,000 revamping Trinity Square, only three years after it was rebuilt.
Completed in 2009, the new-look square has been called one of the worst examples of modern planning and design.
It was ugly – and never worthy of Nottingham.
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Now, after a design competition, Nottingham City Council has revealed four designs to bring to the unloved square back to life.
One comes from the team behind the acclaimed Old Market Square, designers Gustafson Porter.
Whoever wins has a job on their hands. Trinity Square as it stands today is a mess. City council leader Jon Collins described it as one of the worst pieces of urban design he had seen in the city in 20 years. The Post agrees.
Remarkably, he rapped his own council officers of the time for their poor advice.
In a rare outburst, even the developer, Robert Monk, criticised the scheme for which he eventually received consent. "I am ashamed of the scheme," he said. "It should never have got planning permission. We have ended up with a camel designed by a committee."
The Old Market Square has proved a resounding success, a versatile space popular with the public all year-round.
A new Trinity Square must also become a vibrant space where people want to linger.
It is a bold move by Nottingham City Council to get behind the Trinity Square competition when money is tight.
It is not alone – Les Sparks, the nationally respected design expert who is chairing the judges, will help shape the winner. But making a success of it won't stop when a design is chosen.
The city council must get together with its universities, colleges, theatres and galleries to make sure spaces like Trinity Square host events drawing on Nottingham's creativity.
This could see students and others selling art, street theatre and performances
Revamping Trinity Square is about more than good design. It represents a chance to bring Nottingham to life.
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