Newhaven is a channel ferry port in East Sussex in England with regular passenger services to Dieppe. It lies at the mouth of the River Ouse between the sea and the South Downs National Park. Newhaven has a unique identity – one which has a juxtaposition between the coastline, marine, countryside, industry and creative designer-makers and artists. It is a place where the people take pride in their town heritage and it has a strong local culture.
As part of Lewes District Councils bid for the Government's Future High Streets Fund to help transform the town centre and its environs, I've been asked to develop and design a wayfaring scheme that would be complementary and authentic to the nature and persona of Newhaven. Still 'early days' the developing strategy plans to engage with local residents and the creative industries to create a scheme that brings a greater sense of pride and ownership between the people of Newhaven and their town, as well as an engaging cultural experience for visitors.
The following visuals demonstrate the beginnings of the design approach at this time.