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NORA -  Nar Ouse Regeneration Area, King's Lynn 2002 - 2005

project description

client

Kings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

Morston Assets Ltd

date

2003

design team

Sheils Flynn

LSI Architects (Architecture)

WSP (Engineering)

Irene Rogan (Artist)

Penny Anderson Associates (Ecology)

WT Partnership (QS)

links

www.eeda.org.uk/656.asp

 

As Master Planning artist my role included developing concepts for integrated artworks and an art strategy for the whole site. I developed concepts for a landmark sculpture. Located on the urban landscape & riverside regeneration in King’s Lynn along the Nar (SSSI) and Ouse  Rivers ; this is a commercial development on a brown field site consisting of high density residential and community facilities.

 

Some of the key influences for the strategy were also inspired by rescue and revival:

Beautiful Bulrushes, Remarkable Reeds: The Water Reclamation Miracles of Kaethe Seidel  in parallel with research into diatoms and microrganisms valuable as a tool for monitoring environmental conditions and commonly used in studies of water quality.

 

Bringing a brownfield site back to life for the King's Lynn communityas a location for enjoyment and essential services.The landmark diatom-inspired proposals are designed to highlight the beauty and value of natural resources of our rivers and water the and bringing  the community together.

 

I worked in collaboration with Sheils  Flynn - Landscape Architects and Urban Designers and  Penny Anderson Associates, Consultant Ecologists, this scheme was Part  of  Millennium Communities Programme. Partners include English Partnerships, EEDA, Norfolk County Council, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council, Morston’s Assets

NORA diatom tower

2000  I developed concepts for Diatom-inspired landmark features with a 35m spire and shelter /kiosk using recycled glass to create images of exquisite microrganisms and diatom forms, connecting the work to the river, these would  be  embedded within  the tower,  like an ‘eco cathedral’ . The base would provide a shelter with  steps and ramp to access a viewing platform.  Connecting the community with nature and the water.

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Sheils Flynn landscape architects and designers plan for NORA

Irene Rogan's sketch for a landmark feature  2000

NORA website

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NORA landscape