Carrick-on-Shannon is a commercial centre as well as a tourism hub for the many people who enjoy river activities along the river Shannon. It is an essential element in a network of links to surrounding towns and counties, as well as to the country as a whole. The public realm proposes in this project respect the scale and character of the town and are generally based on an adaptation of existing fabric and function rather than wholescale redevelopment. In this sense they are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, in keeping with an orderly and considered approach to the town’s ongoing development. Like all our public realm projects, we undertook research into the historical growth of Carrick-on-Shannon. The layers of history can become hidden over time and investment in new public realm is an opportunity to celebrate and reinforce some of Carrick’s historical spaces and connections. Permeability and accessibility are key objectives along with decluttering and opening up a series of flexible spaces that facilitate a multitude of urban activities.
Our project was successful in securing funding under the Urban Regeneration & Development fund and the project is due to start on site in January 2020.