Caernarfon Town Walls Promenade
Caernarfon Harbour Trust approached Ryder Landscape Consultants to produce a design to rejuvenate the existing Caernarfon Town Walls Promenade creating an important link between the newer Victoria Harbour and Slate Quay.
The current promenade lies in the location of what was once was the old medieval promenade adjacent to the historic Caernarfon Town Walls built by Edward which is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and part of the World Heritage Site ‘The Castles and Town Walls of Edward 1 in Gwynedd’. It is considered one of Caernarfon’s prime assets, providing links between Victoria Harbour, the Caernarfon Town Walls and Slate key. It also offers panoramic views of the Menai Strait towards Anglesey. However over time the promenade has declined and becoming un-inviting and dull due to the mass tarmac surface and lack of lighting making it unsafe in the dark winter months.
The brief was to create a vibrant new public space that complimented the existing town walls and surrounding area. The new public space should be accessible by everyone and opened up to cyclists providing a link between Lôn Las Menai with Lôn Eifion. It would also need to offer the ability to stage future events and have the utilities such as electricity supply’s to be able to run them. Lighting was also an important design element as this would allow the site to be enjoyed at night.
The design created a space that was bold and clean and complimented the historic background of Caernarfon and its Town Walls. The treatment of the surfacing was very important due to the location of the site being next to the sea and prone to flooding from high waves. The solution was to replace the existing tarmac surface with resin bound aggregate as it was permeable but still allowed us flexibility with the design by creating patterns within the surface. High quality paving areas were introduced to emphasis seating areas away from the promenade which would include relocated historical artefacts that paid homage to the areas past and current maritime history.