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Waveney Sunrise Scheme

The coast of the East of England is among the most environmentally rich, scenic and economically diverse landscapes in the country, but many of its communities suffer from deprivation and unemployment. 

The Landscape Partnership worked in partnership with Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council to deliver an urban design framework to transformLowestoft’s town centre and sea front and stimulate inward investment.

One of the drivers behind this ‘Sunrise Scheme’ was to improve connections between the seafront, residential areas and the town, and designs were developed in consultation with key stakeholder groups. 

Seaside resorts need not hide the fact that they are about entertainment, but they can be beautiful without losing the essence of the place. This scheme involved reviving the main shopping street as shared space, clearing away the clutter. New art includes bespoke play equipment, pavement etchings and sculpture, and the central hub, Royal Plain, was redesigned with interactive fountains. This has proved a lively focal space for both daytime and evening use, popular with residents and tourists alike.

Home Zone

Suffolk County Council and Waveney District Council have been successful in securing £484,000 funding from the Home Zone Challenge Fund for Oxford and Cambridge Roads in Lowestoft . One of only four Home Zones in East Anglia this is a high profile innovative project.

Home Zones have been developed over 30 years in the Netherlands, where they are called "Woonerf" "living backyard". Since then they have been successfully introduced in a number of European countries and there have been successful pilot projects in the UK. (A Home Zone leaflet is included with this brief).

They aim to strike a balance between vehicles and other users of the street, (residents, pedestrians, cyclists and business people). One of the key requirements of a Home Zone is that it is attractive and interesting urban environment that reflects local needs and activities.

Waveney District Council has a strong commitment to public art, other commissions have included a sculpture trail by Paul Amey, paving project for the front of Claremont pier by Anu Patel, a banner project by Lee Lapthorne, and a light project for two piers by David Ward.

This project brief refers to the appointment of an artist to work on the project between 2002 and 2004.

Oxford and Cambridge Road are adjacent to each other. The area was built between 1890 and 1910 and the housing is terraced and based upon Victorian style grid-patterns. They have a narrow rear access (approximately one car width) which are mainly used by residents and refuse services to access rear gardens.

Many of the properties open directly onto pavement whilst others have small private frontages bounded by a wall. Gardens are small and there are no green open spaces or playspace either within the street or within the immediate vicinity. Both roads are divided by Melbourne Road. The northern end is bounded by St Margaret's Road , which is a busy street on which are located local shops and services as well as bus services.

The project aims to create an environment in which all road users share the road space and no one use dominates. Through signing, traffic calming, street furniture and planting, vehicles will have to move more slowly (top speeds of 12.5mph or less are aimed for). Support in developing proposals and detailed designs will be provided by Suffolk Highways Engineering Consultancy and the Landscape Partnership.

The artist will be working closely with the project team and community to look at creative options to change the streetscape in order to incorporate well-designed community- focused elements, which might include play areas , meeting places, and gateway features. The aim is to ensure that local residents feel safe and have a sense of pride and ownership of their environments. They will be supported in the consultation process by a part-time community development worker who is being appointed as part of this project.

This project will be led by a multidisciplinary team including community development worker, landscape architects, engineers and planners. The artist will be expected to join this team and work closely with other members and local people in the development of proposals which should add to and complement the other improvements proposed.

Old Forge Claydon

To renovate Old Forge in Claydon.  Dug up exiting drive and enlarged area, built retaining wall and steps using railway sleeper and paved working around the orginal features.

Cambridge Institute

This project incorporates the laying of bespoke curvature steps and paving.  The steps include rubber grippers that a cut to measure and fitted to specifcation.