Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
BWB have partnered with nmcn and DSA to design and build a new public realm scheme for College Street on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC).
College Street is mainly pedestrianised at present with disabled parking to the southern end opening out to All Saints Square at the northern end. The new scheme sees College Street. realigned and expanded with additional parking to encourage footfall to the area. College St. is repaved with high quality block paviours and All Saints square is reimagined with new planters, seating areas and lighting.
During initial site investigation, a concrete slab was found beneath the paving on the street which limited the scope for level changes within the design. BWB developed options for parking arrangements and kerbing to ensure that sufficient demarcation was provided between trafficked and pedestrian areas through the use of bollards, kerbs and contrasting paving.
The team then subjected the scheme to an accessibility audit to ensure it met the requirements of partially sighted users amongst others. BWB also looked at options for retention of two trees in All Saints Square and worked closely with the architects to produce a scheme that would meet the vision of the council members while working within the constraints of the scheme.
The scheme provides new paving and lighting, aimed at improving the look and feel to the area, the scheme also preserves trees and removes old planters allowing for improved parking and revamped seating areas.
Making the town centre easier accessible, an attractive modern space that supports local businesses and the regeneration of the town centre.
At each stage, drawings and visual representations of the scheme were produced and the design team worked collaboratively with RMBC to ensure continuity with other public realm schemes throughout the town. Once a scheme was set, BWB were responsible for the civil engineering design including the pavement details, drainage, levels, lighting and signage as well as a road safety audit and designer’s response. BWB have supported nmcn and RMBC throughout the construction of the scheme which is due to be completed in summer 2021.