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Shortlist confusion hits George Square competition

November 16 2012

Shortlist confusion hits George Square competition
A competition to redesign Glasgow’s George Square has got off to a faltering start following confusion as to whether to name six shortlisted schemes, or keep them under wraps.

Initially Glasgow City Council had intended to name the successful bidders on 9 November but when Urban Realm pursued this we were informed it had been delayed until the ‘middle’ of this week.

On Thursday Chris Starrs, GCC’s PR manager, then informed Urban Realm that: “We'll not be announcing who is on the shortlist - we don't want to say anything which might influence the judging panel.”

As of today however, following a lunchtime meeting between GCC’s public relations team and their lawyers, that position has changed. Explaining the rationale behind this about turn Starrs said: “We’d been advised by the RIAS that if you’re doing a design competition like this then you shouldn’t necessarily let the judging panel know the name of the company submitting a particular proposal, in case it skews the way they look at it.

“But we’ve been speaking to our lawyers today and we think we will actually be announcing the names, but we won’t say which company submitted which design.”

The winning teams will now be revealed at the ‘start of next week’.

Participants have already been irked by the tight time constraints placed on them with one complaining: “It seems to be a perfect example of how not to handle a competition. Shortlisted architects are expected to deliver on January 4th which means, of course, working all through Christmas and New Year.”

GCC previously ran the terminated Glasgow Bridge and aborted Café in the Square competitions.
DRS recently submitted proposals for the removal of all listed statues bar the Cenotaph for conservation and repair
DRS recently submitted proposals for the removal of all listed statues bar the Cenotaph for conservation and repair


The flâneur
#1 Posted by The flâneur on 17 Nov 2012 at 10:35 AM
Another thing to add to my bemusement over this competition – along with the singular lack of female presence on the judging panel.

Not that the male jurors aren’t worthy or suitable experts in their field or anything I just find the omission curiously regressive in a city with a majority female population, plenty of notable female design talent , and that prides itself on its progressiveness.

After all George Square - as the city’s most important public space - is experienced by both genders so shouldn’t both have a say in the judging and selection of the design?

There has been surprisingly little comment on this.
#2 Posted by Neil on 17 Nov 2012 at 18:14 PM
Omnishambles named word of the year by Oxford English Dictionary.

Omnishambles: Competition run by Glasgow City Council
#3 Posted by Peace on 18 Nov 2012 at 23:43 PM
Well said Neil

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