In partnership with Historic England, the Government's Future High Street Fund (FHSF), Lancashire County Council and Kirkham Town Council we have secured funding to help revive Kirkham’s historic town centre streets and open spaces.
It is an exciting opportunity to re-energise Kirkham's historic high street by celebrating its existing character and qualities and create a more vibrant place where people choose to visit, live, work and invest.
A town’s Public Realm generally refers to the built environment – the streets, pavements, street furniture, trees and so on.
This ambitious project seeks to undertake enhancements to Kirkham's public realm and create a coherent enhanced townscape quality which make it a much more pleasant place to live, shop, visit and enjoy.
To deliver this process Fylde Borough Council has appointed a team led by The Paul Hogarth Company, an award-winning Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Company who will formulate and deliver plans to improve the outdoor spaces – including the town’s central streets and famous Market Square.
The current streetscape in Kirkham includes a mixture of different material types, finishes, street furniture and signage. The cumulative effect of these piecemeal changes and additions to the streetscape can distract from the overall heritage character of the town.
The town centre environment is presently traffic dominated in parts, particularly around Market Square, with severe traffic movement around the present Poulton Street, Preston Street, Freckleton Street and Church Street mini-roundabout.
It is aimed to create a much-improved Market Square that will allow greater use for markets and events as well as the narrowing of roads and widening pavements to increase pedestrian space and creation of outdoor seating/dining areas.
Alterations are also being proposed to on-street parking and extra planting of trees and shrubs to create attractive tree-lined areas. It is hoped that through rationalising of ‘street clutter’ and by raising awareness to the existing heritage assets, the town’s historic character can be restored, while at the same time creating new opportunities for people to feel pride and connection to their town.
To ensure the proposals best reflect the needs and desires of the community, a series of consultations have already happened, with more to come.
Feedback helps us to shape a vision that is uniquely about Kirkham, revitalising the town and bringing with it tangible positive change for residents and visitors.