Brunswick Square, Public Realm

Client: : Flintshire County Council Location: : Buckley, North Wales Dates: : 2014-2015 Value: : £120,000

HDD were appointed to deliver a scheme of public realm improvements for Buckley Town Centre.

The scheme involved linking the high street more directly to Brunswick Square an area that the Town Council wanted to be more widely used for events, this included remodelling an existing car park so that it could be more effectively used to hold events for the town, while remaining active as a car park when not in use for events. The Town Council were keen that the public realm improvements gave a greater sense of place to the centre of town and reflected the rich industrial past of Buckley.

Buckley developed around the pottery industry, coal mining and the manufacture of bricks, and the town was surrounded at one time by 25 brickworks, the last of which closed in 2003. Bricks were taken by railway on specially designed wooden trucks to Connahs Quay Docks where the truck carts were unloaded directly onto boats, for export. The unique wooden trucks were a very early container system thought to be one of the first of its kind in the world.

In order to reflect this rich history HDD worked with the local history society and a local fabricator to design and install ‘truck seats’ fabricated using moulds from an original railway truck. A number of historic branded inscribed Buckley bricks were also incorporated into brick piers built to surround the square, the bricks were donated to the scheme following a public appeal.

HDD were responsible for all stage of the project from initiation, consultation and planning stages through to detailed design, tender preparation and assisting Flintshire County Council engineers with overseeing the implementation of the works.