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New public space created within prominent regeneration zone

This urban gateway public realm project is for a prominent site along a major arterial route serving the north of Burnley. The project forms part of a wider Public Realm Strategy that aims to improve the appearance and accessibility of the Council’s emerging Education and Enterprise Zone.

The design makes a clear and direct connection for pedestrians and cyclists through the site and links across Princess Way to the recently developed Burnley College campus. The route is lined with integrated lighting features together with terraced benches and steps to create informal spaces in which students can congregate and relax. To the south, a pocket park creates a ‘soft’ edge to the site.

To the north, a raised grass bank protects the route at this exposed corner, whilst forming a natural position for the public art installation, designed by Tonkin Liu. Rain Bow Gate is a pioneering thin sheet steel shell featuring 133 prisms that pierce the vaulted structure. Each prism captures the sun’s rays and disperses the light into a full colour spectrum, projecting it onto the ground around.

Princess Way Gateway
New public space and pedestrian & cycle connection
for Burnley Borough Council
with Artist – Tonkin Liu

Burnley, Lancashire
Cost £125,000
Completed 2011