Designs for a new market place in Salisbury have been chosen this week.

Following an international design competition a preferred design team has been chosen.

Nottingham-based Letts Wheeler Architects has been chosen from a six strong shortlist. More than 50 team originally submitted proposals.

The scheme being drawn up is to improve the 2.4-acre Market Place, Guildhall Square and Cheese Market areas.

A judging panel of the public, local businesses, market traders, fairground operators and a team of professionals chose the team.

Councillor Peter Edge, portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at the district council, said: 'Work should begin as early as autumn 2010, and it is significant that the private sector and Civic Society support what is being done with the Market Place.

'This is about giving a scruffy-looking public space back to the people on non-market days, instilling civic pride and firing the imagination through events and outdoor entertainments.'

The rejuvenation of the Market Place is the first of 24 projects outlined in the Salisbury Vision, which is a blueprint to shape the sustainable future of the city centre for the next two decades.

Salisbury Vision project members are Salisbury District Council, South West of England Regional Development Agency and Wiltshire County Council.