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Sligo Public Realm Plan

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion
Sligo, Ireland Sligo County Council €50,000 2018

Project details

In 2018, our landscape architecture team was appointed by Sligo County Council to produce a single, coherent concept for the city’s public realm, to transform Sligo into a leading city in the north-west region of Ireland.  Our study has delivered an agreed overarching strategy for streets and spaces, along with a detailed action plan and a number of key intervention areas. The process culminated in a set of detailed recommendations to be implemented across all public and private development projects that may impact on Sligo city centre’s public areas. The public realm plan will also inform the forthcoming Sligo and environs local/urban area plan.

After an analysis of both the scale of the city and the street detail we conducted an extensive fact-finding consultation which gave us an excellent understanding of the city and its aspirations. Heritage and conservation were key topics of discussion, with a number of actions directly relating to the preservation and enhancement of these assets. Sligo has a rich social culture, coupled with the Yeats history and tourism, which provided us with a context in which to propose enhanced identity, use, activity and function for the town’s main streets and spaces.

Engagement with the council and stakeholders was critical during this process. We also facilitated evening workshops for invited businesses and members of the public and met the elected members on several occasions,  which allowed them to contribute their ideas and also see progression towards the final report.

The Sligo Public Realm Plan was completed in 2018 and has led on to a masterplan for the central area and the detailed design and delivery of Stephen’s Street Cultural Plaza.

I must express our appreciation for your assistance to date because it is highly probable that the quality of your public realm plan was a key factor in the department’s consideration of our applications.

Frank Moylan Senior Executive Planner, Sligo County Council

Integrated services

landscape architecture, urbanism, town planning