Kirkby town centre to get a new square as part of new regeneration project

Kirkby town centre, which is to undergo some improvement measures.
Kirkby town centre, which is to undergo some improvement measures.

TWO landscape architecture students have won a national competition to design a new square in Kirkby as part of a wider initiative to regenerate the town centre.

The scheme will contribute to Ashfield District Council’s corporate priority of improving the prosperity and shaping the future of town centres as well as revitalising markets.

Coun John Knight, leader of Ashfield District Council, said: “We recognise that Kirkby is in need of investment. That’s why we’ve established a ‘Town Team’ to work with local businesses and organisations.

“This particular initiative aims to create a focal public space, make Kirkby more attractive and accessible to visitors and enhance the economic viability of the town.

“By working with the architecture centre for the East Midlands, OPUN, and design students from across the country, we’ve been able to draw on up and coming talent to develop fresh ideas for improving the town.

“Kirkby suffered for years from the blight of the former precinct area, but we are starting to see real changes in the town, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a sustainable future for Kirkby.”

Competition winners Anna Sieczak and Patricia Paegle were singled out by OPUN for their innovative proposition, which detailed how space could be transformed to kick start the re-development of the area.

A public consultation will be held in early 2013, prior to the appointment of a contractor.