Kari Bradbury, Robert Simcox, Syeda Zaman
The project seeks to achieve a significant improvement in the physical, economic and social context of Birkenhead, whilst seeking to improve conditions for the whole Wirral population by creating connections between towns. The aim is to establish a clear articulation of public space, connecting different quarters, neighborhoods and communities to each other across the town. A network of existing and new cycle routes reinstates the connection between main parks and major settlements of the Wirral, establishing a stronger network of green spaces and parks. Focusing on Birkenhead, the green axis is formed from the existing Laird grid system, and will provide a green express cycle way from the motorway up to Birkenhead. The ladder running South West to North East is anchored into position by identifying the most dominant landmark of Birkenhead, the Queensway Tunnel ventilation shaft, whereas the ladder running from North West to South East is anchored by the docks. The axis is identified by its links with existing places of interest (Hamilton Square, Town Hall, Magistrates Court building, Birkenhead community college, the Transport Museum and the ventilation shaft), and thereby enhancing the legibility and accessibility of the town’s assets.