Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Together with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Threesixty Architecture developed a vision for the town of Stornoway.
The initial brief was complex and attempting to address multiple issues and in danger of creating a static high level masterplan with no clear strategies or inspiration. We reviewed the main issues on a contextual level, and through the distillation of the initial brief, a concise and simple vision was formed. The vision centered around the development and enhancement of the waterfront and informed a fluid and accessible document that focused on strategies and implementation.
Community and Stakeholder Engagement was key to the study. Together with the community and key stakeholders we graded our strategies with regards to their context and scale. The strategies where separated into four levels: Extra Large, Large, Medium, and Small. Developing at each scale allowed the separate contextual ideas to form more specific content-driven approaches, defining clear strategies that can be undertaken at varying scales of time and financial investment. Some issues such as the Deep Water Port will take time and investment while other issues such as the signage on the library are an easy fix and a ‘quick win’ for the Vision, Stornoway and its people.