Our staff have an excellent understanding of local authority processes and culture, as well as a keen awareness of practice in the private sector. It means we are well suited to working collaboratively to ensure that projects are successful.
We have a long-term partnership with South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) for property services. As part of that, we were invited to produce an outline design for a new streetscape outside Coronation Hall in Ulverston. This is part of the County Square improvement scheme that is jointly funded by the North West Regional Development Agency, Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland District Council, English Heritage, Ulverston Town Council, and the 'Sons of the Desert', the international Laurel & Hardy appreciation society.
Our outline streetscape design was developed by the County Council’s highways design consultants. Ulverston is the birthplace of Stan Laurel, and the Sons of the Desert raised £60,000 from private donations to commission acclaimed sculptor Graham Ibbeson to produce a bronze statue of the comedy duo.
We worked together as a design team, and our landscape architect produced the detail design for the aesthetics surrounding the statue. This included designing its foundation structure, as well as the surrounding street furniture and interpretation. We visited the foundry in London to ensure that the statue would be a perfect fit when delivered. At a post-project review meeting it was noted that the collaboration between all the partners and stakeholders had been particularly effective.
The project won the Business and Economy category in the Northwest Market Towns Awards 2009.