Level of Award:Special Award
Local Authority Area:Denbighshire
Denbighshire County Council
Architect:Brock Carmichael Architects
Developer:Denbighshire County Council
Landscape Designer:BCA Landscape
Services Engineer:Paul Moy Associates,
Structural Engineer:Alan Cumber
Contractor:Edmund Nuttall Ltd.
Quantity Surveyor:E C Harris LLP
Universal Design Consultant:Denbighshire CC Access Officer
Primary Use Class:E Public Realm
Previously run down and dominated by a patchwork of tarmac, Rhyl’s West Promenade has been transformed by this scheme. The improvement to the seafront encourages links to the town centre and provides a fresh environment to attract residents and visitors. The scheme has acted as a catalyst for the redevelopment of the area, which is one of the most deprived. The five sheltered gardens include a water park, open air theatre, mini golf and play areas. The spaces are well planned, and robustly constructed, encouraging movement along the Promenade. The community has been very involved in the design of the scheme, including the local primary school who planned and designed the shower heads in the paddling pool. Unique design features celebrate local events and characters, and include an innovative outdoor public art and photo gallery, where photographs have been turned into ceramic tiles. Planting is attractive, consisting of salt tolerant and hardy perennials, grasses and pines which can withstand the prevailing conditions. The overall design detail is strong and the scheme has transformed the experience of walking along the sea front. The development has given back confidence and pride to the community, and has been instrumental in the regeneration of this neglected seaside town.