Waterside regeneration will offer flexible outdoor space as part of community scheme
LT Studio landscape architects is to design the public realm for shared workspaces at Watchet marina in West Somerset.
The scheme, by architect Invisible Studio, includes artists’ studios, shared workspace, a print workshop, a cafe and a gallery for local community group the Onion Collective.
The public realm will deliver ‘an attractive and successful external space that is well-used, flexible, easy to maintain, which complements the built form and which is appropriate for the coastal town of Watchet’.
Flexible outdoor spaces will be also be used for public activities such as performances, play and art shows, and will link up with existing coastal paths.
The palette for the public-realm spaces will reflect the harbourside location, including materials already found on the site.
Marc Dix, director of LT Studio, said: ‘This is a fantastic community scheme for Watchet, which will celebrate the strong marine heritage of the town, regenerating the quayside and complementing the rich natural resource of the local area.
‘Future proofing the development is at the top of our agenda; the landscape design will be robust to cope with the saline environment, with long term management strategies incorporated into the design from the outset.’
Work is scheduled to start on site at the beginning of next year, with completion in 2019.