Darwen Market Square Regeneration

Client: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Location: Darwen, Lancashire
Discipline(s): Land Planning

Darwen’s Market Square is a town centre regeneration scheme that creates a new public realm as a focal point at the heart of Darwen.

The £1.5m, multi-disciplinary design project, led by our landscape architecture and masterplanning colleagues, created a scheme to reflect and reinforce the district’s historic past.

This includes public art designed by Liam Hopkins of Manchester based creative practice LAZERIAN, in the form of a bronze sculpture and corten steel art panels. Located outside the Town Hall and Market, the new square creates a setting for the historical civic building and provides a space for community events. 

The flexible nature of the square allows for large-scale destination events as well as smaller day-to-day exploration for local residents, workers and passers-by.

The design was developed through a series of consultation workshops with the local community and stakeholder groups, ensuring residents had input and, therefore, ownership of the new space.