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Lancaster Canal: Green Networks

An entry for the Intergrated Habitats Design Competition (IHDC) 2011. The scheme proposes converting a narrow boat repair yard in Lancaster, Northwest England. This would help to reconcile the past and present uses of the Lancaster Canal, whilst considering its position on the National Cycle Network. A new museum of history and ecology recognises the canal’s special status as a Biological Heritage Site. Examples of native plants, animals and marine life will be displayed, alongside ways to increase sustainability and protection. The museum envisages tourist use of the canal will increase significantly if the Northern Reaches to Kendal are reinstated.

Lancaster has an extensive cycle network, including the canal towpaths. As part of the Cycling Demonstration Town initiative, the competition entry proposes building a showroom to sell, hire and repair bikes. This valuable service would let tourists explore the wider countryside. University students, living in the nearby halls of residence, could have access to help and advice about maintaining their cycles. The project would form a blueprint for unoccupied British Waterway sites along the canal, creating a green network of ecology, tourism and cycling.

Nb: The fourth sheet is a composite of A4 pages

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