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Transforming Lansdowne

Our transformational vision for Lansdowne will create an exciting and attractive place to live, work, study and enjoy. This will be achieved through a series of major investments into the public realm.

Plans for an initial delivery phase for transforming Lansdowne were approved in November 2020 and work commenced on Monday 15 March 2021.

These initial improvements will deliver new art installations, seating and outdoor event space in the heart of Lansdowne’s main business district along Holdenhurst Road between Station Roundabout & Lansdowne Roundabout. This will encourage people to come to and then stay in the area longer, becoming a place for people to interact, sit outside, host meetings, enjoy events, innovate and spend time while visiting local businesses.

A new protected cycle route, infrastructure improvements for local buses and additional pedestrian crossing points will also be introduced on Holdenhurst Road to support more sustainable journeys through the area.

Transformation updates

Holdenhurst Road was reopened in July 2021 following the initial delivery phase of our Lansdowne transformation programme. This was done to support residents, local businesses and visitors ahead of the busiest part of the summer period.

Throughout August works to install new footways on both sides of the road has continued. It’s now become apparent that these improvements cannot be completed safely and efficiently in the space that is available. We have therefore made the decision to close Holdenhurst Road to vehicles, between Lansdowne Roundabout and Cotlands Road for approximately 7 weeks from Tuesday 7 September 2021.

A signed diversion will be in place via St Swithun’s Road and Christchurch Road.

This closure will help to reduce the time taken to complete these works, allow for materials to be transported to and from site and provide sufficient space for the appropriate safety barriers to be installed. It will also allow us to maintain access to businesses and a safe through route for those travelling on foot or bike. This would not be possible if we were to keep the road fully open.

Please plan ahead and consider walking or cycling whenever possible.

Future improvements to the public realm in the wider Lansdowne area are also being considered as part of this initial phase subject to detailed design, planning approval and funding.

These initial improvements will not include the pedestrianisation of the lower third of Holdenhurst Road, however, to meet our Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration this may become the focus of future improvements and investment into the area.

Lansdowne Cultural Strategy

A Lansdowne Cultural Consultation was held at the end of September 2020 alongside the Arts by the Sea Festival. This received some interesting comments from the public with key points highlighted a need for investment, desire for colour, more art in general and more places to sit all of which has helped influence the content of the Lansdowne Cultural Strategy and future Public Art proposals focussing on two key Cultural themes of Technology & Innovation and Connection to Nature.

The programme has an incredibly exciting art installation planned for Holdenhurst Road to help set the cultural tone for the area whilst building on BCPs arts & culture ambitions. For this we need to hear about your fascinating stories and memories of the Lansdowne area over the years.

A Lansdowne Cultural Consultation was held at the end of September 2020 alongside the Arts by the Sea Festival.

This received some interesting comments from the public with key points highlighted a need for investment, desire for colour, more art in general and more places to sit. This is being used to inform an evolving cultural strategy for the area, which is expected to be unveiled in early 2021.

Background

In 2015, key stakeholders with an interest in Lansdowne agreed on the following vision for the area:

  • Lansdowne will be an exciting place where ideas, innovations, technology and enterprise flourish close to the free and relaxed climate of the beach.
  • Workers, visitors, residents and students will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge in the many vibrant streets, plazas and parks.
  • The synergy of education, places to live, dynamic workspaces and culture will create an atmosphere of enterprise.

This vision led to the development by Bournemouth Borough Council (now BCP Council) of the Lansdowne Delivery Plan as a formal response to the vision document.

 A bid for funding was submitted to Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) in 2017 which proved to be successful and priority areas within the Delivery Plan were highlighted for this first phase of funding. The view is these changes should act as a springboard encouraging further investment and subsequent fulfilment of the Delivery Plan over the coming years.

This initial phase of works has since benefitted from a series of consultations providing residents, businesses, transport providers and the wider public with opportunities to share their views on what they would like to see and how the proposed changes could affect them. Responses from these consultations have been considered during the design process and decision making.

While the long-term Lansdowne vision remains unchanged, BCP Council has also acknowledged the need to support local businesses and economic recovery post COVID-19 and the belief is that the planned improvements will help to encourage that recovery.

Funding

£4.8 million in government funding has been secured through Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Local Growth Fund to deliver these improvements. A further £2.9 million of council match funding from local contributions will also be invested in the area, resulting in almost £8 million public investment for the Lansdowne.

Dorset LEP has successfully secured £98.4 million of Local Growth funding for Dorset through the government's Growth Deal to bring together local, national and private sector funding. The fund will unlock and unblock key housing and employment sites, create more highly skilled jobs, and support economic growth.

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