THIS SCHEME PROVIDED REGENERATION PROPOSALS TO NEWPORT STREET IN THE TOWN CENTRE WHICH FORMS THE CRITICAL PEDESTRIANIZED LINK BETWEEN THE NEW BOLTON TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE AND THE TOWN CENTRE CORE, VICTORIA SQUARE. BOLTON CITY COUNCIL BELIEVES THAT INVESTMENT IN A HIGH QUALITY EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE CITY CENTRE AS A VIBRANT AND ACTIVE PLACE TO VISIT AND SHOP.
The proposed design looks to rejuvenate a part of town where the quality of the user experience has declined markedly and where the spatial street arrangement is not flexible enough to host commercial and public events. A contemporary European boulevard concept sees the use of natural stone materials to provide a robust, coherent treatment and guide visitors and locals from the transport interchange via a new tourist information centre into the main square. The improvement to the public realm aims to encourage reinvestment within the local shops and local the shopping arcade and includes façade treatments. Columnar trees were chosen to soften the linear space, define movement patterns and create recreational/cafe space whilst allowing clear security sight lines along the street’s length.