The city of Stockton in the United Kingdom will transform its main shopping street into a riverside park.
A comprehensive urban regeneration project will soon take place in Stockton, England. It is a project worth 37 37 million and its proposal was designed Ryder Architects And approved by the City of Stockton, Replace half of the city center main street with a riverside park.
The municipality, which seeks to renovate the city’s main street, purchased the Castlegate Shopping Center in 2019, which will be demolished in 2022 to house 20,000 square meters of greenery, art installations and a bridge across the Tees River. Through the existing mall. Built in the 1970s, the brick building did little to remove Victorian roads leading to the river, closing access to the river and contributing to the urban landscape.
Retail vacancies have risen sharply in recent years, plagued by changing consumer habits, and there are many retail units that are too large to provide repairs or to make significant profits. The onset of the COVID-19 crisis also exacerbated the difficult situation.
Native project designs show a new land bridge connecting a section of the riverside highway that will be reduced to two lanes. The new bridge will connect the river to the main road, creating a series of steps with an informal amphitheater facing the beach, allowing public meeting space.
The new park will include an extension of the existing market square, a large playground for outdoor events and a lawn. At the southern end of the site, two buildings will allow for a central library, customer service center and council headquarters. Current tenants of Castlegate Mall will have the opportunity to visit vacant units in nearby Wellington Square Mall.
Planning The project will cover three times the area of London’s Trafalgar Square, and by reducing doubts about such a large-scale project, Nigel Cook, a cabinet member of the reconstruction project, fully believes that Stockton can become a space vibrator:
We are the city of events. The International Festival of the River It attracts hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country every year. We have previously hosted the International Athletics and Cycling Championships on Main Street. The success of the park depends on the finest details of the design
In recent years, more and more cities and companies around the world are increasingly interested in the urban regeneration of their public spaces. In Bellinzona, Switzerland, the Swiss company Damasosiatti designed a “future-proof” urban master plan that considers the gradual development of the city and integrates green spaces with structured architecture. In contrast to this approach, “urban acupuncture” is a broader expression that is a design tactic that encourages more specific initiatives to recreate abandoned spaces, i.e. create pocket parks and community gardens in surplus urban spaces.
Plans to renovate the city center of Stockton Township are promising in size and vision, and will no doubt serve as a model for emulating other major streets in the UK.
Information via Defender.
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