Rawtenstall Public Realm Strategy, Rossendale

DAY recognise that for public spaces to be truly successful, they need to form a strong connection with people and enrich their daily life.


In Rawtenstall we propose to improve accessibility and natural wayfinding between the two 'bookends' of Rawtenstall through a simple but effective palette of landscape interventions, building frontage and highway improvements.


At the heart of the development we propose a large central square designed to highlight Rawtenstall's recreational-focused community and create an informal yet exciting, inspiring and entertaining vibe as people mix and mingle; wander and interact; sit and observe.


Accounting for the change in level across the site, the central square has been divided into two main spaces - an upper plaza fronting Bank Street, and a lower plaza which connects with Bacup Road. The two plazas are seamlessly connected through stepped terraces which feather into an accessible ramp to provide a fully inclusive, south facing and multi-use recreational facility.