Daniel Owen Square Mold, Public Realm Improvements

Client: : Flintshire County Council Location: : Mold, North Wales Value: : £650,000

HDD were appointed to develop proposals for the regeneration of Daniel Owen Square, identified in the ‘Mold Sense of Place Study’ as a vital public space requiring investment and renewal.

HDD undertook a detailed analysis of the square and connecting spaces and commissioned survey work to understand complicated service and drainage easement constraints. Stakeholders including community and civic amenity groups and the wider public were consulted alongside market traders, utilities companies, owners of adjacent properties, and County and Town Council representatives. Stakeholders were involved throughout the design process by means of a range of consultation events.

The design for the square included a stage and facilities for outdoor performances, the relocation of the listed statute of local literary icon, Daniel Owen, enhancement of the facades of surrounding buildings and improved facilities for the market traders. Improvements also included the partial or complete renewal of drainage and services, paving, structures, furniture, trees and planting.

HDD worked alongside local authority in-house engineers to successfully deliver the re-modelling of the square to give what is now a strikingly attractive multi-functional space. A distinctive ‘sense of place’ has been achieved, enhanced through working closely with artist Michael Johnson to embed literary references into seating and structures throughout the square.