Passau City Council launch public design competition for the Perseus Mall
Passau City Council has launched a public design competition and is inviting ideas and concepts for the redevelopment of the Perseus Mall and surrounding public realm. The Perseus Mall was constructed in the late 1980's and incorporates a range of gardens, public squares and artwork. However Passau City Council have been concerned that the area focuses too much on hard landscaping and have discussed a reorganisation of the area following discussions with the Department for Regional Development. Consideration will also be afforded to submissions which include the area to the front of Danesfort Palace and the current setting of the Persusian Legislative Palace
The Council would like to see the roads reorganised and a greater emphasis on parkland and soft landscaping. The aim will be the creation of a new city centre park while maintaining the setting of important buildings such as the Supreme Court, Persusian Legislative Assembly, Danesfort Palace and St. Brigid's Cathedral.
No stipulations have been set in regard to style or paving material however the council would like to see native trees used where possible and the inclusion of flowered areas to assist with the Passau Bee Project, which aims to provide the growing number of rooftop hives with access to flowering plants for as much of the year as possible. The Department for Regional Development has already stated that the current road layout, particularly the diagonal avenues, is overbearing and will consider potential mitigation measures as part of this project.
The deadline for prospective design submissions is September 1st 2015. After this date the submissions will be narrowed down to 5 and the citizens of Passau will be given the right to decide on the final design. It is expected that work will commence in January 2016 and take up to 24 months to complete.