A new landmark for Lancaster

Part of the design on the new centrepiece which will be installed in Market Square.
Part of the design on the new centrepiece which will be installed in Market Square.

This is a sneak peek at part of the design for the new centrepiece for Market Square.

‘A Record of Lancaster’ celebrates the city; from Robert Gillow to the War of the Roses it will showcase nine narratives past and present through an engaging and tactile visual time line.

The plinth aims to be more than a spot to sit; designers say it can be a performance space, meeting place and a starting point to explore the hidden histories of Lancaster.

The concept is based around a ‘greatest hits’ album for Lancaster, and asks visitors to the square to visualise the blockbusting histories as stadium filling anthems and the more personal, hidden gems retold as intimate acoustic numbers.

Using a combination of granite and bronze, the plinth uses traditional techniques with a contemporary visual language to create an elegant landmark which complements the wider Market Square.

Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and planning, said: “Market Square is at the heart of Lancaster and should be a wonderful place to trade, gather, meet and celebrate.

“For many years this important civic space has lacked focus but the new centrepiece will provide a striking statement about the city today and its heritage.”

The plinth will be in the same location as the former fountain and is being designed by placemaking collective Smiling Wolf and BCA Landscape and fabricated by civil engineers William Pye Ltd.

The new centrepiece should be installed by the end of July and form part of the wider improvements taking place as part of the Lancaster Square Routes phase two works.

These works are being funded by the European Regional Development Fund Programme (2007-2013), Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council.

The wider street works are now well under way with work currently taking place in both Market Square and Cheapside.