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New Beresford Square designs on show

New Beresford Square designs on show

Entries from 20 finalists in the Beresford Square design competition will go on display at Artstation from 27 May.

35 designers entered the competition, which was the first held online by Auckland City Council. The designs will be on show until 9 June 2003 at Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby. Residents and local businesses are encouraged to have their say by registering their comments at Artstation.

The competition judges – including a landscape architect, an urban designer and an architect – will then pick the top three designs with the public’s comments in mind.

Auckland City’s project manager, Cameron Rennie, says the final design plan will be based on the winning entry, although may be modified to meet planning requirements.

The winners will be announced on 9 June and will receive prizes of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $600 for third place. The highest placed student design will also win $400, and the design winning the most public votes will be given a People’s Choice award.

The online competition has been a success for the council, says Mr Rennie. “It got a lot of coverage because the web link went out to several professional design institutes and many of those have mailing lists of hundreds of people,” he says.

Although all of the 35 formal entries were from within New Zealand, the competition drew interest from around the world with initial registrations from as far afield as Perth and Poland.

Beresford Square began in 1906 as a tram and trolley bus turning bay with a controversial above ground public toilet. The square now attracts thousands of young people to events such as the “Dancing in the Streets” summer series.
The competition will see the area transformed into a more attractive and flexible open space once funding is allocated.

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