Leading architects were in Birmingham yesterday as part of a prestigious competition to revitalise part of the city.
The firms were taking part in a site visit of the Warwick Bar area of Eastside, which is set to become one of the city's premier entertainment districts.
The architects have been invited to submit plans for the cutting edge city centre development, and the proposals would have to safeguard redundant buildings and uncover the hidden River Rea in the area.
At least six Birmingham architects attended a site visit yesterday, including Associated Architects, Bryant Priest Newman, D5, Glenn Howells Architects, and Kinetic AIU.
The regeneration plan is centred on a 1.9-hectare (4.56 acres) site where the Birmingham- to- London Grand Union Canal meets the Digbeth Branch Canal.
The Warwick Bar Conservation Area includes three statutory listed buildings built by the canal companies in the 1840s and 1850s, and a locally listed canal warehouse from 1935.
The project is being spearheaded by a partnership between Birmingham City Council and waterside property developer ISIS, who have invited 35 leading urban design practices from across Europe to masterplan the development.
Six practices will be shortlisted and their concepts judged in November, following a selection process administered by MADE, The Architecture Centre for the West Midlands Region.
Judges have called for ideas that will build on the success of creative industry hubs The Custard Factory and The Bond in the south of Eastside.
The development would also have to be sustainable, a model for future development in Birmingham, and support the existing rich diversity of flora and fauna in the area.
Yesterday's event with the architects was also attended by Richard Green, Birmingham City Council's director of Eastside regeneration, Jayne Bradley and Joe Holyoak from MADE, Mike Finkill, director of regeneration at ISIS, and Rosemary Coyne, the council's Eastside sustainability officer.