HDD were commissioned to develop proposals for the re-modelling of the external areas surrounding St. Mary’s and St David’s Parish Church in the heart of Flint as part of a multi-million pound renewal programme for the town.
HDD arranged detailed survey work including archaeological excavations to fully understand the constraints of working in and around the listed church. The scheme involved re-configuring access and circulation patterns for funerals and for emergency vehicles entering and leaving the high street including formation and extinguishment of pedestrian crossing points, (all of which were subject to road safety audits arranged by HDD).
The spaces around the church are central to the public realm of the town and designs include a re-configured set of steps to the main entrance to the church flanked by retaining walls with integral curvilinear seating. This is all achieved in high-quality ashlar sandstone finishes to complement the church. New lighting, railings, handrails and planting are all included.
The programme of work was arranged into multiple phases to meet highly constrained funding requirements and to co-ordinate with a concurrent Townscape Heritage Initiative programme for the cleaning of the church.
HDD are working alongside local authority in-house engineers to deliver the scheme.