Belfast-based Hackett Hall McKnight has been awarded a contract to design a 5,000m² public square in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The firm won the £18,000 first prize by beating three local companies and an Australian practice.

The £2.2m proposal divides the square into three areas and features birch trees on one side and a pavilion.

It orientates the square to the Vartov Hospital and highlights the building using a geometrical paving pattern.

The project is expected to be complete in 2012.