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Castle Wynd: Streetscape & Lighting

Client

The Highland Council

Location

Inverness

Status

Planning Consent

Castle Wynd and the Castle Steps are key pedestrian routes within the heart of Inverness creating connections between the Museum, Castle, High Street, and River. These routes are not currently appealing to pedestrians and are marked with unsightly service yards, tired surfaces, and poor lighting.

Working with the Highland Council and Lightfolio, our proposals were designed to create a vibrant urban environment to draw positive pedestrian activity and serve to highlight the links between the important landmarks in the heart of Inverness. Our concept is to use lit fins to reinforce way-finding and encourage permissibility through secondary routes to make them intriguing and inviting.

The proposals comprise of a full upgrade of the street surfaces and the installation of metal fins with integrated LED lighting along Castle Wynd and the Castle Steps, screening unsightly areas and creating a bright and appealing urban environment. The fins, which can be varied in height and density to focus attention or screen areas, create a language of wayfinding to highlight routes and accentuate key points – such as the proposed viewing point at the river. The fully controllable LED lighting is capable of synchronised colour change and pattern shift, making for an installation which blends art and architecture to create a vibrant urban realm.

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