Derek Sampson, Contract Manager at FM Conway, explains:
“As with many towns, Bromley was pedestrianised in the late 20th century and a lot of the landscaping and materials had become tired and outdated. The council recognised the importance of a better public realm to make sure the town centre continues to thrive”.
The vision and concept design by SEW architects includes wall-to-wall repaving with high quality granite material and raised urban gardens of trees and mixed plantation. Working with SEW, FM Conway’s in-house consultancy team provided detailed construction design, including structural engineering of bespoke street furniture for the project and accommodating a fire path and service vehicle access within the space, while preserving the integrity of the overall design concept.
Challenges and Solutions
Although the project is transforming the area for the better, it was essential to make sure that the works themselves consider existing businesses, as Derek explains:
“Bromley has a bustling market each Thursday, Friday and Saturday and our dedicated community liaison officer has worked closely with the traders, as well as permanent stores along the high street, to make sure that we coordinate our deliveries to minimise any disturbance”.