The Royal Terrace Gardens footpath was created in the late 19th century but after decades of neglect had become overgrown and hazardous. Dawnus was commissioned to replace the old footpath creating a modern attraction where visitors and locals can enjoy the breath-taking views over the harbour. The result is a truly spectacular public open space which combines a practical and attractive pathway with new viewing platforms, lighting, local art and street furniture.
The new 1.8km precast concrete path traverses the cliff face on the line of the existing path, which we cleared and stabilised prior to new construction on this difficult and narrow site. The path was designed to RIBA Stage D as a series of components that were fabricated off site and craned into position, reducing disruption to the seafront.
Local materials were used wherever possible including local limestone used as a base for the walling surfacing, pillars and edging, and where possible original features were preserved, such as the Victorian gas lamp bases.
The work of several local artists was integrated into the project with artwork including stone sculptures, text panels and illustrations being displayed at convenient stopping points along the path.
There was a large amount of community involvement in the project including two public consultations at the start of the project and sustained dialogue with the Tormohun Community Partnership, local horticulturalists who helped design the planting and the local Rotary Club who joined in with tree and bulb planting.
The project was registered under the Considerate Constructors Scheme and received an impressive score of 36.5 out of 40 and received a CCS Bronze award.