Plymouth masterplans shortlisted for design award
Masterplans for Plymouth by LDA Design have been shortlisted for the 2017 National Urban Design Awards.
Improving the look and feel and viability of the city centre is a key focus, together with transforming the waterfront experience.
At time of huge uncertainty, Plymouth city council has decided that placemaking and planning for people is more important than ever,” says Bernie Foulkes, LDA Design Board Director. “They believe that Plymouth has the potential to be one of Europe’s finest and most vibrant waterfront cities. They have a clear plan to achieve that, from recapturing some of the city’s original scale and grandeur to celebrating its fascinating working waterfront.”
LDA Design has created a prospectus for intervention and investment. Living in the city centre will be made more viable and attractive through intensification and reanimation of the public realm, with a strong hierarchy of spaces and streets. An improved environment will prioritise walking and cycling.
High quality design and marine materials and planting will transform the waterfront experience, with better connections between the neighbourhoods there and to the city centre.
There will be a special focus on places that enjoy a front row seat on the Plymouth Sound. On the working waterfront, the port, naval, fishing and marine industry functions will be balanced with better public access.
The major masterplan opportunities in the city include recapturing the scale and grandeur of Armada Way, the stunning centrepiece of Abercrombie’s Plan. Also proposed are improvements to the arrival experience at the railway station; enhancing Hoe Park and the foreshore; and implementing the Millbay Boulevard.