Drift Park, Rhyl

Award winning seafront park inspired by the meeting of coastal processes and the interventions used to control them, brings back Rhyl’s heritage in the form of colourful planting and a ‘beachcombing’ artwork experience.

Unique detail design features, scattered through the scheme like flotsam on the beach, celebrate Rhyl events and characters – “Postcards from Rhyl” chosen with the local history group are printed on tiles, fish faces designed by a nearby school spout water jets and marks are carved in the concrete, like someone has drawn with a stick in the sand.
The new paddling pool, play area and mini golf have become popular with both local people and visitors to Rhyl. The amphitheatre and surrounding gardens provide a place to picnic and sunbathe with views across the beach and out to sea.

“It was not architecture that was needed to regenerate the sea front: that could come later. They needed someone who knew how to make thoughtful marks on the land. It needed a sensibility to understand the forms of the sand and the fauna and flora of the seaside – a team who would drink in the knowledge of the local historians about this once remarkable sea-front, and engage businesses and politicians and local schoolchildren, so that all ages and communities could feel a sense of ownership. All this is included in BCA Landscape’s wonderful mark-making on new land forms
at Rhyl’s new west promenade.”
Tom Leitener RSAW – Touchstone

BCA Landscape and Broadbent Studio

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