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Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm

Urban Landscape in Argyll and Bute, West Scotland design by Austin-Smith:Lord

16 Jun 2016

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm News

Award for Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm

The design ethos was to create a town centre with attractive, usable and flexible public spaces to support community events, festivals and markets. The walkways, soft landscaped areas, tree lines and lighting columns are set out on a simple grid, which enhances and frames the several high-quality, listed buildings within Colquhoun Square.

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm – an RIAS Awards 2016 Winner

12 Apr 2016
Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm Award News

Public Realm Project Scoops Sixth National Short-Listing as Scottish Design Awards Finalists Announced

Design: Austin-Smith:Lord, architects

12th April 2016 – Helensburgh’s revitalised town centre public realm, which was designed by Austin-Smith:Lord, has been recognised by another national award – a short-listing in the forthcoming Scottish Design Awards which will be announced on Wednesday 25th May.

The bold regeneration project, which forms part of Argyll and Bute Council’s CHORD regeneration initiative, was created to improve economic activity and enhance the visitor experience in the town by creating attractive, usable and flexible public space which can also support community events, festivals and markets.

Completed in summer 2015, the project includes an innovative ‘Outdoor Museum’ in Colquhoun Square, the civic heart of the town, as well as the redevelopment of all of the principal surrounding streets and the West Bay Esplanade.

The short-listing in the Public Realm/Landscaping category of the Scottish Design Awards is the sixth for the project, which has also been short-listed in the prestigious RIAS/RIBA Awards 2016, which will be announced in June, and the RICS Awards 2016 (Regeneration category), which will be announced later this month.

The project was also recognised by short-listings in the FX International Design Awards, the Civic Trust Awards and the Scottish Property Awards.

Graham Ross, Austin-Smith:Lord Partner, says:
“We are thrilled with the national recognition this transformational project in Helensburgh has received. Community consultation was key to the project so these short-listings recognise both the vision of Argyll and Bute Council’s dynamic CHORD regeneration project as well as the hopes and ideas of the local community.”

Helensburgh Town Centre Public Realm Designers


Austin-Smith:Lord has delivered the highest degree of creative and practical thought in architecture since 1949.

Founded by two visionary architects, Mike and Inette Austin-Smith, today the UK-wide creative collective has a partnership board of five and 50+ staff operating out of studios in Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Liverpool and London.

Austin-Smith:Lord’s national pool of talented architects and designers offer expertise across a wide range of sectors: industry & infrastructure, transport, urban regeneration, civic, commercial, arts & culture, education, healthcare, residential, conservation, interior design, landscape & urban design.

Since 1949, Austin-Smith:Lord has delivered over 5,000 projects, including many buildings of national importance such as Manchester Airport Railway Terminal, Liverpool Central Library, National Film & Photography Museum, Shrewsbury Theatre and Roseisle Distillery.

The practice has also been recognised with over 150 awards and commendations for outstanding architectural and environmental design including RIBA, Civic Trust and Scottish Design Awards.

Scottish Design Awards 2016

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