Nottingham’s Old Market Square has won an award for architecture, 18 months after its £7 million renovation.

The Square, which was designed by architect Gustafson Porter, was given the first ever RIBA CABE Public Space Award at a ceremony in Liverpool, fighting off competition from the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Observatory.

The award comes after the transformation of Market Square, completed in 2007, which included the creation of water features and seating terraces.

Sarah Gaventa, director of CABE Space (sponsors of the prize) and one of the judging panel, said: “With a history going back 800 years this large space retains its own distinctiveness and sense of place”, and described the Square as a “worthy first winner”.

Hannah Gibbons

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