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 final stage will commence on Thursday 26 April and will conclude on 31 May in Bank Street and will be carried out in phases to reduce disturbance to business and town centre activity. The phases noted below should be read in tandem with the Phasing Plan attachment.
Thursday 26 April to Wednesday 2 May – programmed work to road carriageway adjacent to Clydesdale Bank. Road closure to Bank Street for this period required – no deliveries or access are possible during this short stage..
3 May to 14 May for pedestrian footpaths to east Bank Street (Elenors side). Pedestrian lane closure in place with full access to shops maintained at all times. Street parking will be prohibited during this phase.
15 May to 27 May for pedestrian footpaths to west Bank Street (Sterling side). Pedestrian lane closure in place with full access to shops maintained at all times. Street parking will be prohibited during this phase.
28 May to 31 May – Bank Street road resurfacing works. Road closure required for this period – no deliveries or access are possible during this short stage of the project.
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.