Architecture and design leit-werk Ltd wins Blackpool competition
London-based, architectural practice leit-werk has won a £3.5million competition to re-design a key public space in the heart of Blackpool. The redevelopment of the St John’s Precinct area forms part of the greater regeneration plan being delivered by ReBlackpool – the town’s urban regeneration company.
The award-winning team’s design, St John’s New Horizon, was chosen from four short-listed entries by a council and community led panel. Local residents and visitors were able to participate in the decision making process through the Blackpool Gazette newspaper’s online vote and via a dedicated public involvement event.
St John’s New Horizon is intended both as a new landmark and as a lifestyle hub. A catalyst for the town’s ongoing regeneration, the scheme will attract locals and holidaymakers, encouraging tourism, cultural activity and business investment. Situated less than a mile from the seafront and
adjacent to St John’s Church and the Abingdon St Markets, the precinct has been designed to include an events space that integrates the Christmas lights ceremony and an outdoor space for performance. The space will enhance festivals being held in the winter gardens by expanding and developing them into the public realm.
A key element of leit-werk’s design is the New Horizon sculpture: a 12 metre hollow-spiral of mirrored steel, with a two-directional stage at its base. Through intensive investigation the team has fine-tuned a sculptural solution, which provides changing reflections of the sky, the horizon and the sea. In this way the new work creates an urban vista linking the beach and the town.