BRIDGEGATE PUBLIC REALM
Austin-Smith:Lord’s competition-winning design has completely rejuvenated the historic heart of this former New Town, with natural stone public realm, artworks and streetscape improvements being part of a wider £10m regeneration programme by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and North Ayrshire Council.
The project features the 9m high Trinity Mirror sculpture that reflects the stunning neo-Gothic Trinity Church and reveals inscriptions on an anamorphic projection around its base. This artwork, coupled with a timeline, reveal aspects of the town’s long, interesting history and its identity developed in discussion with the townsfolk.
Austin-Smith:Lord worked closely with artists WAVE and lighting specialists dpa to incorporate public art and feature lighting into the redesign of Bridgegate.
Former Trinity Church bells, landform artworks and programmed feature lighting further enrich the experience and setting of the Bridgegate. The space is highly flexible and has immediately hosted farmers and Christmas markets, drawing people to the town centre.
I am delighted to see the successful completion of this outstanding project. Local people have been directly involved in the transformation, commenting on ideas and helping to shape the public art which is a central element of the refurbishment. Their involvement is core to the success of this regeneration project, which is about providing new opportunities for local people.
Margaret Burgess – MSP, on officially opening the project
CLIENT: IRVINE BAY REGENERATION COMPANY
SERVICE: LANDSCAPE, URBAN DESIGN, MASTERPLANNING
SECTOR: URBAN REGENERATION
CONTRACTOR: LAND ENGINEERING
ENGINEERS: O’CONNOR SUTTON CRONIN
LIGHTING CONSULTANT: DPA LIGHTING
COST CONSULTANT: NEILSON PARTNERSHIP
2014 BALI NATIONAL LANDSCAPE AWARD
2015 SCOTTISH PROPERTY AWARD; TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR