Mold Sense of Place Study

Client: : Flintshire County Council Location: : Mold, North Wales Dates: : 2010

Mold is an historic market town in North East Wales.  This ‘Sense of Place’ project aimed to ensure that Mold retains a vibrant and attractive feel, protects and celebrates its heritage whilst developing and enhancing local distinctiveness.  The project thus sought to strengthen the ‘Sense of Place’ of the town, to improve the quality of life for local people and also to ensure that, in an age of ever-increasing commercial, retail, and ‘destination’ competition, the town continues to thrive and to attract visitors and custom.  The project has subsequently become a key element within Mold’s Town Partnership’s Action Plan.  HDD were one of a number of independent specialist consultancies which came together to contribute to the project. HDD carried out:

  • a detailed ‘Townscape Character Analysis’ of the character and layout of the town,
  • a ‘Public Realm Appraisal’ which considered the connectivity, quality and finish of quality of streets and spaces in more detail,
  • a detailed appraisal of Mold’s principal civic space, Daniel Owen Square,
  • an appraisal of options for potential events spaces in and around the town.

The study has subsequently been used to plan and budget for a number of public realm schemes within the town.