Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith win Barrow Island design competition

Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith have won a Landscape Institute competition to improve the public realm on Barrow Island in Cumbria.

The winning design was selected from a shortlist of four following a Landscape Institute competition and features the transformation of the large central square, currently used as a car park, and improvement to two dilapidated grassy squares.

Farrer Huxley wants to create a desirable ‘Maritime Quarter’ which will include wildflower meadows, new seating, attractive waste management facilities and an art feature. 

Farrer Huxley owner Noel Farrer said: "Our approach is based on an acknowledgement that Barrow Island has a rich heritage and all the intrinsic attributes to be sustainable.  We believe the successful delivery of the landscape project will be the tipping point for the future of the ‘Maritime Streets’."

Barrow Borough Council spokeswoman for environment and planning Cllr Ann Thomson said: "We are extremely pleased to have selected Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith as our design partners, and look forward to them helping us to deliver a vision that improves the quality of life for residents of Barrow Island Flats."

The other shortlisted teams were Chris Brammall Ltd with Iteriad, Galpin Landscape Architecture working with Brian Clouston and Richard Hollinshead from Grit and Pearl and Landscape Projects with NB Nicholson Bastik and Research Design.

Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith will now refine the design with the Barrow community.

The project is funded by the Homes and Communities Agency’s Clusters of Empty Homes fund to bring empty properties on Barrow Island back into use.

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