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Calne Town Centre Public Realm

Client: North Wiltshire District Council

Award: Civic Trust Commendation

Location: Calne, Wiltshire

Calne Town Centre Phase II is an exciting and forward thinking project commissioned by North Wiltshire District Council. This £5m award winning project comprises of a new library and shops with accommodation above. This was designed by Aaron Evans Architects, with a riverside urban walkway and park, which was designed by ourselves.

The public realm focused on creation of a walkway linking the town, and an urban river restoration for the River Marden. The scheme involved the re-routing and rehabilitation of an urbanised section of the River Marden around which a high quality riverside garden has been constructed.

The whole scheme was built from limestone to create a 'natural' feature and is designed to incorporate pools and riffles sections with other geomorphological features including gravel shoals, naturally bedded rock to river banks, and locally appropriate native species planting. In addition high quality stone paving and carefully selected street furniture set off one of the 'greenest' new buildings in Wiltshire within a sensitive conservation area.

The gardens contain public artworks such as mosaics, purpose designed seating, street furniture and railings. The scheme has become and is being used as a 'best practice' example of urban river rehabilitation, and was awarded a Civic Trust Commendation.