Salisbury district council has revealed new designs for its market area in the town.

Six design teams, from a long list of 46, have been shortlisted to propose schemes for the city's Market Place.

Currently a car park on non-market days, the 2.4-acre Market Place, Guildhall Square and Cheese Market areas will become a new public space by 2011.

The designs will be displayed at a three-day public exhibition being held at the city’s Guildhall later this month. The competition has been organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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

The market area contains 144 market pitches on a twice-weekly basis. The market dates back 800 years.

The winning design will be announced on 26 February and the new Wiltshire Council, which takes over from the district councils from April, will be responsible for approving the implementation of the winning design. Work could begin during the first half of 2010.