Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith win Barrow Island design competition

Barrow Borough Council has selected Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith to improve the public realm surrounding the ‘Maritime Streets’ on Barrow Island in Cumbria. The winning design was selected from a shortlist of four following a Landscape Institute competition.

The winning design proposes the transformation of the large central square, currently used as a car park, and improvement to two grassy squares, currently bare and dilapidated. The creation of a desirable ‘Maritime Quarter’ including art feature, new seating, wildflower meadows, attractive waste management facilities and adaptable public realm will encourage new residents to the ‘Streets’ and make it a more pleasant place to live.

Speaking about the winning design Noel Farrer said:

“Our approach is based on an acknowledgement that Barrow Island has a rich heritage and all the intrinsic attributes to be sustainable. We believe the successful delivery of the landscape project will be the tipping point for the future of the ‘Maritime Streets’.”

Cllr Ann Thomson, official spokesperson for environment and planning at Barrow Borough Council said:

“We are extremely pleased to have selected Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith as our design partners, and look forward to them helping us to deliver a vision that improves the quality of life for residents of Barrow Island Flats.”

The other shortlisted teams were Chris Brammall Ltd with Iteriad (Environmental Design), Galpin Landscape Architecture working with Brian Clouston and Richard Hollinshead from Grit and Pearl and Landscape Projects with NB Nicholson Bastik and Research Design (Architecture).

Farrer Huxley Associates and James Smith will work with the community and other stakeholders to refine their design proposals.

The project is funded by the Homes and Communities Agency’s Clusters of Empty Homes fund to bring empty properties on Barrow Island back into use.