A Record of Lancaster


Landscape Institute Awards 2015 – Highly Commended Award

The Judges said, ‘The result is delightful and classy – traditional but with crisp contemporary graphics, and lovingly executed with bronze casting.’

Planning & Placemaking Awards 2016 –  Highly Commended Award

  • Award for best use of heritage in placemaking

Scheme details:

Client and project team:

Client: Lancaster City Council

Designers: BCA Landscape & Smiling Wolf

Wayfinding: Placemarque

Contractors: William Pye Ltd

Subject information: A Record of Lancaster Design Guide, Market Square Plinth, Wayfinding, postcards & posters.

Brief: ‘A Record of Lancaster’ was born to assist delivery of the ‘Lancaster Square Routes’ programme which aims to revitalise the historic city of Lancaster and strengthen its position as a major destination both for visitors and residents of the district. The Square Routes aim is to create high quality public spaces in which people want to linger, increasing dwell time to encourage commercial, social and cultural gains. The Design Guide was produced focusing on a new Public Plinth for Market Square and wider wayfinding for the City – which were then implemented as well by the team. These then were incorporated in to the Design Guide as case studies to evidence the design approach for potential future Square Routes design work.


‘A Record of Lancaster’ celebrates the city’s beat. From Robert Gillow to the War of the Roses it will showcase nine narratives past and present through an engaging and tactile visual time line.

The plinth will be more than a spot to sit; it’s a performance space, meeting place and a starting point to explore the hidden histories of Lancaster.

The concept is based around a ‘great­est hits’ album for Lancaster, imagine the blockbusting histories as stadium filling anthems and the more personal, hidden gems retold as intimate acoustic numbers.

Using a combination of granite and bronze, the plinth uses traditional techniques with a contemporary visual language to create a landmark which compliments the wider Market Square.

Councillor Janice Hanson, Cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration and planning, said ‘Market Square is at the heart of Lancaster and should be a wonderful place to trade, gather, meet and celebrate. For many years this important civic space has lacked focus but the new centrepiece provides a striking statement about the city today and its heritage.’

The bronzes were cast by Photocast Ltd and the Stone is supplied and water-jet cut by Hardscape Ltd.