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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

somewhereto_ shape your place: Bangor

This summer PLACE and somewhereto_ have taken over a vacant retail unit on Bangor's Main Street to offer young people aged 16-25 a free space to showcase their talent and develop skills. The re:store project brings a flash of colour and activity to a previously empty space and demonstrates the potential alternative uses for spaces in our town centres.

North Down Mayor Andrew Muir presenting prizes to our fantastic
young people at the PLACE Urban Design Academy.

During our time in Bangor we have sought to enable young people to contribute to the shaping of their places. During the 2nd annual Urban Design Academy young people explored the various techniques used to shape the built environment. On the final day Catherine Adams of URS - one of the Landscape Architects developing Bangor's new public realm scheme - worked with the young people to develop their visions for Bangor's public spaces. Most of the participants suggested greater pedestrianisation of Main Street and an improved public realm. Other proposals involved the reinstatement of an outdoor pool and beach and a redesign of street furniture to represent Bangor’s connection to the sea.

Young people present their proposals for Bangor's public realm.

The Bangor public realm project involves the provision of new paving, kerbstones, street furniture, lighting, planting and public art from January 2014. The consultation process for you to comment on the proposals is now open until Friday 13 September 2013 and you can 'shape your place' by calling into our pop-up space on Bangor's Main Street to view the designs and leave your comments. Alternatively you can find out more and comment through North Down Borough Council's website.


An example section of the Bangor public realm proposals.

For further information on the Bangor public realm project please contact [email protected] or telephone 028 9127 0371 extn 6026.

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