Warrior Square gardens in Southend have newly reopened following a new design by Gillespies. Situated in the heart of its shops and public amenities – the regeneration of this key public space is a cornerstone in the town’s revival. The space now offers a vibrant green space in what had previously been a neglected late-Victorian square, which had become a haven for anti-social behaviour.
Quayside designed by London-based FoRM Associates in front of Imperial War Museum North by Daniel Libeskind is now open to the public. The new quayside completes the first section of the Irwell River Park masterplan, an 8km long river edge park linking Salford, Manchester and Trafford developed by FoRM Associates in 2010. With the adjoining new Media City foot bridge by Wilkinson Eyre Architects the quayside delivers an important new strategic circulation loop in the Quays, a key regeneration zone in Greater Manchester. The loop helps to transforms the experience of walking in the area through linking Media City UK – the new home of the BBC, with the IWMN, Manchester United Stadium and Lowry Arts Centre.
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Wales may soon have its own landmark to mark the Wales and England border called ‘Waking the Dragon’. The sculpture would stand at 210ft is planned to grace the A5 road at Chirk.
The bronze dragon would be 75ft tall on a 135ft glass and steel tower and have a wingspan of more than 150ft – bigger than a Boeing 737. The bronze sculpture will sit on a tower that will include cultural centre, 100 seat cafe, 125 seat restaurant and a museum.
The project is estimated to cost £6 million with some of fund being raised from selling 206 steps that will be inscribed with the name of the donor. Each step will cost £2000.