|Lead landscape architect||BCA Landscape|
Environmental Improvements to A59 in Burscough Centre
|Client||West Lancashire District Council|
|Contract value||Â£1.0 Million|
|Completion date||April 2008|
|Other info||The scheme is a complete renewal of the public realm through this busy and well-connected village, which sits astride the A59. The design celebrates the fascinating history of the area, expressed in a unique and contemporary style which was inspired by the simplicity and functionality of the canal and railway architecture, combined with the flamboyant spirit, colour, songs and traditions of the canalboats and the people who worked on them.
The Fairytale of Burscough Bridge celebrates modern creative life beyond the city; presenting the successful realisation of a contemporary scheme within a rural context. The design team’s original research in to the town’s rich heritage, unique character and traditional values proved invaluable inspiration for a truly unique and bespoke project.
BCA Landscape worked closely with West Lancashire District Council, Lancashire County Council, Burscough Parish Council and the local people to achieve a final design which brings about a dramatic change in how the area is perceived by themselves and the outside world – reinforcing a renewed sense of identity and community.
The new Environmental Improvements are instigating a renewed confidence and positivity in the local environment and the viability of local shops. A number of the shops have already been given further face-lifts and the Parish Council have entered the village in to a national competition.
‘BCA Landscape of Liverpool is without doubt one of the most exciting landscape companies in Britain today. The visual motifs of Burscough do not function as straight forward memorials to the past, but work as allusive artworks with many shades of meaning, a reflection of the cultural complexity of a human settlement. This scheme tells a story, it says, ‘This is who we are now and who we were then. And that is all a part of what we might become’.
Tim Richardson – Landscape Critic and Author