Improving the Public Realm in the Town Centre is an important aspect of the Falkirk THI. Because people are attracted to and enjoy living, working and visiting historic, locally distinctive and well-kept places, the THI aims to improve the economic and social success of Falkirk Town Centre by creating a high-quality urban environment where people will want to spend their time and money.
The Public Realm scheme is a £1.7m project and represents a significant investment in the physical appearance and appeal of the town centre as a shopping and tourism destination. The scheme will last approximately 12 months and started in May 2017. MacLay Civil Engineering Ltd has been appointed as the contractor to deliver the scheme of work. The improvements include the repair and restoration of historic pends and closes, resurfacing streets and footpaths to improve pedestrian conditions and lighting improvements to enhance town centre safety.
We held an initial public consultation about the scheme in February 2016, prior to the project being progressed to planning application stage. The planning application was successful and the delivery plans have been updated to reflect comments received during the consultation. There was a public display of the updated public realm plans in the Howgate Shopping Centre in May 2017, providing the public with an opportunity to view them.
The first phase of the works begun in Cow Wynd which has since been completed. The next phase in Manor Street commenced on 3rd July 2017. This should be completed by the 15th November. Thereafter the contractor will move to Kirk Wynd 14th September and then Vicar Street on 7th December. Unfortunately, a full road closure will be required incorporating Manor Street, Vicar Street and Kirk Wynd until these phases of the work have been completed.
During the project, the contractor will try to keep disturbance to a minimum but major disruption to normal town centre activity is unavoidable in a project of this scale and complexity.
Please see the documents below for more detail about the work and timescales for the different phases. The phasing plan has been updated to reflect timetable changes from September 2017.