by mikebell on 2 December, 2016
A key public space in Weston-super-Mare town centre is to be transformed.
North Somerset Council has commissioned an experienced and innovative landscape team to enhance Weston Town Square and the Italian Gardens.
Building Design Partnership (BDP), a major international practice of architects and designers, will redesign the prominent but under-used town centre space.
Weston Central Ward Councillor Mike Bell said: “Town square is a key site in the centre and it’s important the council gets it right. I’m pressing for full and early public consultation.”
The newly improved area will add to the ambitious programme of regeneration which is already progressing across several major sites in the town including the redevelopment of Dolphin Square, the transformation of the police station and former magistrates court and Weston College’s development of a Law and Professional Services Academy at the Winter Gardens.
Designs for Town Square and the Italian Gardens will create a flexible space, capable of accommodating a wide variety of uses including events, festivals and public artwork.
The design work will also consider how to improve the connection between the High Street and seafront by enhancing key views towards the sea, and establishing effective pedestrian and cycle routes. This will encourage more visitors into Weston’s main retail area, providing a real lift to the north end of the High Street.
Weston’s character will be celebrated in the designs produced by BDP, whose vision and innovation in responding to the unique character of urban spaces is becoming increasingly recognised. BDP will draw on their experience of working with clients, communities, artists and other participants to create an innovative and welcoming design which identifies the Town Square as a key public space within the town centre.
The design and consultation process will take place over a six-week period. The local community and adjacent businesses will be consulted and involved as the plans are developed as part of this process.
North Somerset Council is currently bidding for a grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to implement the Town Square improvements. Subject to funding being confirmed in the New Year, construction is due to begin in February 2017.Leave a comment