To help imagine what The Super Slow Way could be we are working with BDP — an international interdisciplinary practice of architects, engineers, designers and urbanists to create a landscape design for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal corridor in East Lancashire.
BDP’s work will focus on three main strategies. Greening and biodiversity, lighting and wayfinding and movement to bring life back to the places and infrastructure that once supported a thriving textile industry. The greening strategy will aim to make the land more productive with healthy, resilient and regenerative ecosystems, encourage bio-diversity and support climate resilience in local communities. New lighting will make the area feel safer, more welcoming and more attractive, with artistic interventions that are sympathetic to both the corridor’s wildlife and human use. And new,recognisable wayfinding will connect town centres and neighbourhoods to the vital green and blue spaces of the canal, improving movement and access to the new park.
BDP’s will be an inclusive and integrated design approach that seeks to revitalise neighbourhoods, improve access and safety, enhance biodiversity, increase walking and cycling routes, deliver wider integrated transport systems, and enable commercial growth across this part of Lancashire.
As part of this they are keen to gather the opinions and ideas of all the communities living along the canal stretch from Blackburn to Pendle. You can have your say by filling in our short questionnaire here.
This project is part of the Pennine Lancashire Linear Park pilot project delivered by The Super Slow Way. The Pennine Lancashire Linear Park pilot project is funded by the UK Government via the UK Community Renewal Fund.
BDP will deliver its design concepts for community consultation in May 2022.