Landscape architects have helped a town win a national award after teaming up with artists for a design that is shameless and stainless it is use of steel.
The designers from property consultant Capita rolled out a scheme involving paving, water, spherical bollards and Daliesque sculptural metal to win the town-centre .
British Council of Shopping Centres singled out Blackburn’s Cathedral Quarter after the designers turned it from a grimy car-choked area into an good-looking pedestrian zone with shops.
Capita worked with artists Ian Randall and Sebastian Boyeson on a “catalyst” for further work that includes the restoration of the nearby Grade II-listed Waterloo Pavilions after 13 years of decay, said a BCSC spokesman.
“This award accepts that good design is a fundamental part of successful town centres creating the attraction and variety in streets and urban spaces that make a place unique.”
The regeneration of Blackburn town centre is part of an ongoing scheme aiming to improve foot links and streetscapes throughout the town, blend in public art, reuse derelict buildings and improve roadworks.
Capital has a £205-million 15-year partnership with Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council. As part of the deal 150 property staff transferred from the council to the multidisciplinary firm.
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