Economic Action Plan
We have just been reappointed by Isle of Anglesey County Council to test if we can repeat our winning work when the initial Economic Action Plan we completed drew down £5.6 million of European funding to stimulate the economic return from the island’s dramatic coast without compromising its many environmental qualities.
As a spin off from the wider coastal economic action plan we were commissioned to consider how additional visitor berths could be accommodated in the harbour to stimulate the local visitor economy. The proposals also included improving links from the traditional fishing port to the surrounding village.
An ambitious plan saw this redundant former psychiatric hospital being converted into sheltered accommodation with new build housing incorporated sensitively into the extensive grounds of the hospital. These proposals called for the sensitive handling of mature trees on site, designed vistas and the site’s location on the edge of the Cambrian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This project is a little closer to home for us as we can see it from our offices. Our initial appointment was to design proposals to integrate a new treatment building on this urban site but quickly expanded into a range of boundary and environmental improvements to turn the site from an industrial complex into a better neighbour for the surrounding residents.
Padiham near Burnley
Initially appointed to prepare a Heritage Lottery Fund for renewal of this Edwardian park we quickly realised that it played a critical role in the movement between the town centre and areas of brown and green field development that the council wished to promote. Our wider regeneration master plan took in pedestrian and cycle links, maximising green infrastructure and releasing development sites.
This undiscovered gem of a valley in mid-Cheshire has a combination of pretty villages, attractive countryside and small market towns that are ripe for regeneration as an overall package. Our work concentrated on attracting visitors to various gateways into the park concentrating on existing villages and towns like Northwich.
Using our river design skills we were able to provide specialist input to a wider development masterplan being developed by British Airports Authority (BAA). By preparing acceptable river realignment proposals that did not increase the risk of bird strikes the broader masterplan was able to improve transport links and commercial opportunities at this expanding regional airport.
Small scale sensitive design was required to unlock the development potential of this former small Methodist school in Alsager near Crewe. An overall site plan was drawn up that maximised the reclamation of the Victorian materials that gave the school and grounds its character. With the aid of our proposals the school was converted into eight two-bed units.
Flood Alleviation Scheme
This was a macro scale regeneration project where we were appointed to consider how flood defences could be provided through the city centre of Derby and the likely impacts they would have on existing and proposed housing areas, commercial interests and the public realm. Two key areas of note were working in a World Heritage Site and leading on the communication of the project’s intents and timescales.