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Queens Hall Public Realm

    The public realm works at Queens Hall, by ERZ Ltd, have been shortlisted in the aesthetic design (large scale) category. The landscape setting of Dunoon on the Firth of Clyde is spectacular and picturesque. Those who enter this coastal town from the ferry terminal are met by a place rich in landscape and history, but also a town that is trying to establish a 21st century identity. This work for CHORD, designing the external spaces at this key gateway, initially sought to support the refurbishment of the Queens hall, but rapidly became a more ambitious project to reconnect Dunoon to its seafront. In doing so it creates a positive welcome off the passenger ferry by removing old ferry infrastructure and replacing it with parkland and civic space.

    A simple palette is used, of grass, trees, precast concrete furniture, powder-coated metal work and natural granite paving. However, these elements are used playfully to celebrate the seaside setting – seating edges in generous curves, sett paving mimicking the rings of water droplets, a soft gold colour to metalwork. The scheme is dignified and appropriate to the historic setting, but also surprising and inviting.

    Photos copyright Christopher Swan.

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