Bury St. Edmunds
The historic market town of Bury St Edmunds serves a wide population across West Suffolk. As such the role and function of the town centre, which performs strongly in terms of retail, leisure and service provision, as well as being a tourist destination, is of key importance to the local economy. David Lock Associates, together with Peter Brett Associates, were commissioned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council to produce a masterplan for the town centre. Working closely with a commissioning group of key stakeholders, a number of issues were identified and agreed together with a range of aspirations to address them. The issues and aspirations were grouped under three themes – Movement, Activity and Place (MAP) with location specific proposals organised around distinct character areas across the town centre. The resulting MAP for the town centre was supported by a delivery strategy.
The MAP has been well received, and was designed to clearly and succinctly set out proposals for Bury St Edmunds. An innovative fold-out format enabled people to easily engage with the proposals rather than a more traditional report. The MAP was also produced with input from Suffolk MIND with a particular focus on making the town centre safe and welcoming for all users whatever their needs or mobility requirements. In this way the MAP has sought to be inclusive, using proposals to shape the way the town centre functions and provide opportunities for meaningful change while at the same time recognising those qualities that make the town centre special, particularly the historic environment.