The new promenade in Penzance is beginning to take shape…
The Promenade forms part of the Mousehole to Marazion link on the ‘Bay to Bay’ cycle route, currently being developed for Cornwall Council. The Prom also forms a part of the Environment Agencies long term coastal defence strategy for Mounts Bay. Having suffered damage in severe storms over the years, the most recent being 2014. The pink paved surface of the promenade suffered damage and patches had been replaced with tarmac and concrete.
Mei Loci Landscape Architects were engaged by Cormac & Cornwall Council to design the new surface for Penzance Promenade, which was due to be the location for the Start of the Tour of Britain in September 2020.
Our proposal includes the removal of pink paving slabs on Penzance Promenade and replacement with a new structural concrete surface. The new concrete surface is proposed to be natural tones of golden/ grey to match the colours of sand and stones found in the location, with darker coloured concrete contrast bands. The surface incorporates shallow etchings of patterns depicting the heritage of Penzance Promenade and the local area: Swimmers to reflect the Jubilee Pool and dancing feet to remember the bandstand which historically stood on the Prom. The paved surface will also incorporate pink concrete street name markers, and brass inlaid strips and text showing distances at the eastern end of the Promenade. The existing brass inlaid ‘Compass stone’ (dated 1897) will be re-instated in the new surface and brass disks depicting local children’s artwork and text, laid out in the pattern of constellations navigating to north and south, and new flagpoles installed to the roadside of the Promenade.
Also included is the replacement of existing seating on the promenade with new sculptural ‘pebble’ seats and concrete benches.
The new design followed a long period of technical research and consultation with the people of Penzance, and collaboration with engineers and specialists. “More than 400 residents came along and over 130 feedback forms were submitted at the engagement events in July and the design ideas, which were developed with input from a number of local school children, are strongly supported. The surface colour, the lunar cycle textural design and the pebble seating were the favourite elements of the scheme. It is great to see that this is finally happening.” Jim McKenna, Cornwall Councillor for Penzance.
Pavement designs were developed from drawings created by children in the local community.
“The views of residents are so important and it’s great that so many have contributed to the design. The resurfacing scheme will help to revitalise Penzance promenade so that residents and visitors can enjoy Cornwall’s only Victorian promenade for years to come.”
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport.