Finalists named for Wyre waterfront project

Wyre Council has narrowed its search for the architects to design the £1.7m Sea Change project on the Fylde Coast to a shortlist of two consortia.

LDA Design/Softroom Architecture and BCA Landscape/Studio Three Architects have been asked to make detailed presentations on Thursday 13 May before a question and answer session in front of community groups. They will then face a technical interview in the afternoon by the project's delivery team, after which a definite choice will be made.

In the previous round of the competition, five groups took part in a day-long session of presentations and interviews on 28 April.

Garry Payne, director of planning and regeneration for Wyre Council, said: "Both teams were very different in their approaches, but having come out with equal scores we just couldn't decide between them. This time we will be probing a little deeper into their visions for the waterfront. In particular we want to know how they will deal with the different environments along our coastline.

"People should be assured that all designs will be the subject of a public consultation and that the short delay does not affect the timescale of the project."

The project will redevelop the Marine Hall & Gardens and create a new coastal trail between Cleveleys and Fleetwood. Funding has come from the Government's Sea Change programme, the council and the Lofthouse family, makers of the Fisherman's Friend lozenges, manufactured in Fleetwood.

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