Sheils Flynn won a national competition to develop a masterplan for the regeneration of this vast brownfield site just to the south of King's Lynn's historic town centre and subsequently worked with a large multidisciplinary team to develop a framework for this major regeneration scheme. The £2.5M infrastructure landscape is a linear connector running through the site, interfacing with all the development areas. Links with the town centre and adjacent community of South Lynn take the form of vistas, new roads, new bridges, a community centre and new pedestrian and cycle routes. At the heart of the scheme, a dramatic new riverside park re-introduces local people to a river which has, until now, been relatively inaccessible and virtually ignored. Set within the floodplain, the park incorporates walkways, bridges and decks to provide new wetland habitats and recreational access to the water's edge.
Nar Ouse Regeneration Area, Kings Lynn.
Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council
Morston Assets Ltd
LSI Architects (Architecture)
Irene Rogan (Artist)
Penny Anderson Associates (Ecology)
WT Partnership (QS)
During November 2003 Irene Rogan was appointed as master planning artist by Sheils Flynn Ltd to develop an arts strategy for NORA. Commissioned at the very early stages of the NORA scheme an art component was identified within the NORA budget to develop the arts strategy within the landscape cost plan.
The role of the masterplanning artist is to develop an overall vision for the art strategy. Contemporary artworks are embedded within the regenerated landscape, offering a new layer of meaning to this important reclaimed site, and conveying a message of civic pride and dynamis through a thematic conceptof the restorative power of nature.
The artworks will demonstrate the social benefits of NORA – the project provides a meeting, recreation and education space for local residents, as well as a visible gateway to the town, promoting it as a clean and innovative centre for working and for living.