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Winning design for new parliamentary building to be completed by next April

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:49 PM
The winning concept of the design for the new parliamentary building to be situated at Heroes Circle, central Kingston.

The final design of the winning concept for the new parliamentary building to be situated at Heroes Circle in central Kingston is to be completed by next April, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said. 

After a 10-month competitive process, the concept entitled: "Out of Many, One People" submitted by the Design Collective Team led by architect Evan Williams was selected as the winner last month.

The concept by Design Collective Team features an interconnected building with space to accommodate a football field and an area for outdoor movie viewing.

The winner was chosen from an initial 24 submissions. The entrants were narrowed down to the top five, who were each awarded $2 million for advancing to the second stage of the competition. They then submitted more detailed design plans and models in December.

With the Houses of Parliament Design Competition out of the way, work to establish the new parliament building will now begin in earnest.

Described as the most significant structure to be built in the history of Jamaica, the new Houses of Parliament building will occupy a place of prominence at the National Heroes Park in Kingston.

The facility, on which construction will commence in 2021, will provide a fitting edifice for the legislature to work together to benefit the entire country, in keeping with the national motto,  ‘Out of Many, One People,’ which is the title of the winning design for the structure.

“The design competition was a creative design methodology to help to determine how the Houses of Parliament building will represent Jamaica’s rich heritage while considering the future needs of our society. The look, role and function of the Parliament building will provide a beacon of leadership that we think is prudent to encourage nationalism and signal the sovereignty of our people and the empowering of our State to exercise the will of the people of Jamaica,” the prime minister said.

The ‘Out of Many, One People’ concept was also the favourite of the general public, copping the People’s Choice award.

With an additional cash prize of $5 million, the top team has won a total of $7 million.

The Ravi Sittol-led team placed second for its ‘The Grand Verandah’ concept earning an additional $4 million, while the third-place team led by Damion Edmond received an additional $2 million for its ‘Ubuntu’ design.

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