Architecture practice DSDHA has triumphed in the Pennine Lancashire Squared competition.

DSDHA's design proposals.
DSDHA's design proposals.

Commissioned by regeneration agency Elevate and run by the Artas-ua.info Institute, the global contest invited architecture and landscape design teams to come up with concepts for landmark public spaces in six Pennine Lancashire towns.

DSDHA’s plan for historic Clitheroe focused on reconnecting the market with the historic town square and surrounding areas. It is a community-led approach that revitalises existing routes through the town while taking into account existing features such as the Norman castle and historic marketplace.

Stewart Bailey, director of development services at Ribble Valley Borough Council, said: “DSDHA showed how well they had recognised Clitheroe’s most valued qualities and how these could be further enhanced. The key task now is to build these ideas into the outcome of the Clitheroe masterplan project, which is now well under way.”

Clitheroe’s stunning landscape proved an inspiration to DSDHA. Martin Pearson, associate at the firm, said: “We hope that our design approach shows respect for Clitheroe’s past while simultaneously creating new opportunities for its cultural and commercial renewal.”

Elevate and Ribble Valley Borough Council officers are currently working with DSDHA to develop the iniial ideas into a design brief based around public involvement, as well as meeting with various organisations to identify funding opportunities.

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