Kirkland Enhancement Scheme
The Kirkland Enhancement Scheme is now
complete. This enhancement project makes the area more
pedestrian friendly and encourages much needed footfall between the
new £100m K-Village development and the main town centre shopping
area. This project will also link to the new information boards and
maps, which encourage visitors to explore Kendal.
As a southern entrance to Kendal, Kirkland is
often dominated by traffic and this project helped deliver
recommendations from the Kirkland Pedestrian Audit to make the area
safer for pedestrians and encourage more browsers and buyers. By
improving the ‘streetscape’ through widening pavements, new
surfacing, improving lighting and introducing new seating areas the
scheme will encourage visitors and residents to “discover rather
than bypass” Kirkland.
The Kirkland Enhancement works have formed
part of the Kendal Futures led Kendal - Gateway to the Lakes Public
Realm Project. The local regeneration partnership tasked with
delivering the Kendal Economic Regeneration Action Plan has divided
the Project into two elements, 1) the Public Realm Design Framework
and 2) the public realm improvement at Kirkland, Kendal. This
second element has now been successfully delivered by Cumbria
Highways on behalf of the funding partners, North West Development
Agency, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council and
Kendal Riverside Ltd.
Cumbrian firm Thomas Armstrong was awarded the
contract to deliver the improvement scheme that lasted 12 weeks.
Local traders have been very pleased with the results and were very
supportive of the works despite at times having trading disrupted
and the one-lane operation.
“With new K Village the creation of a high quality pedestrian
link through Kirkland to the town centre is very important. A
distinctive town centre supported by attractive pedestrian routes
from K-Village through into Kirkland and Highgate will encourage
visitors to explore the town on foot and enjoy the many shops and
popular key attractions along the route such as Abbot Hall Art
Gallery and the Brewery Arts Centre” said Joanne Golton, Kendal
Kirkland Footway Improvement
Plan (PDF, 1.2 Mb)
Pedestrian Survey (PDF, 7.5 Mb)