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DSDHA win Clitheroe public square contract

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DSDHA saw off proposals from Mitchell + Associates; Arup and KMCS; Planit IE; Graeme Massie Architects; Rankinfraser Landscape Architecture and Donald Urquhart; and Birds Portchmouth Russum

The competition is fifth in a series of competitions commissioned by regeneration agency Elevate to generate ideas for high-profile public spaces in six Pennine Lancashire towns.

DSDHA’s winning entry for Clitheroe suggests creating a network of public spaces reconnecting the market with the historic town centre and surrounding areas. The team’s ideas include making improvements to the market square, and revitalising existing routes through the town to enhance links between arrival ‘gateways’, destinations, pocket parks and meeting places.

The other four practices which made the shortlist for Clitheroe were Mitchell + Associates (landscape architects, urban designers and architects), Arup and KMCS; Planit IE: Graeme Massie Architects, Rankinfraser landscape architecture and Donald Urquhart, artist; and Birds Portchmouth Russum.

Chair of the judging panel, Stirling Prize-winning architect Stephen Hodder, said: ‘The context for the Pennine Lancashire Squared competition in Clitheroe was a challenging one; a reconsideration of the Castlegate entrance to the castle, the historic Market Place, and the current Market and associated car park, all within the Conservation Area. The proposal by DSDHA recognises that these specific areas need to be contained with an effective masterplan for the town. It focuses on how effective and attainable linkages can be made between the market and Castle Street via existing ginnels and proposes a considered palette of materials for upgrading them, together with tree planting. This is a community-led approach that the people of Clitheroe could engage with.’

Elevate Chief Executive Max Steinberg said: “DSDHA’s winning proposals for a world class public space at the heart of this historic market town will give people a place to relax, interact and reflect on their beautiful surroundings. This is what the Pennine Lancashire Squared initiative is all about.”

Elevate and Ribble Valley Borough Council officers are now approaching a range of organisations and agencies to identify funding, and are working with DSDHA to develop the design team’s initial ideas into a design brief with public involvement at its core.

Winning design teams for four other Pennine Lancashire towns – Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn and Nelson – have already been announced, and the final winner – for Bacup – will be announced later this month.

The Pennine Lancashire Squared competition is the brainchild of Yvette Livesey and her late partner, music mogul Anthony H Wilson, and was commissioned by  Elevate on behalf of the Pennine Lancashire Leaders and Chief Executives (PLLACE).


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