POOLE ‘HANDS ON HEART’, DORSET
A new heart for Poole
Poole ‘Hands on Heart’ was a second ‘Quality in Town and Country’ pilot project undertaken by the Practice for government. Like many other towns, 1970s development had seen town centre clearance to make way for an indoor shopping centre. In this case the ‘Dolphin Centre’ had been built across the High Street, ensuring good footfall but privatising town streets. The new shopping centre was accompanied by a landhungry inner ring road which speeded traffic but severed pedestrian movement.
The Council commissioned studio | REAL to develop a vision that would repair the damage of the 70s development while creating new development potential including a bus hub. The design process was accompanied by a wide programme of community and stakeholder engagement with council planning staff forming part of the design team.