A monolithic map-mural leads Milngavie streetscape improvements
January 14 2022
Page\Park Architects have unveiled their latest addition to the public realm of Milngavie, a suite of street furniture and wayfinding installations around a newly repaved area of the town centre.
Delivered on behalf of Milngavie BID, a community organisation with funding from the government, the work follows an initial 2019 phase to create a formal jumping-off point for the West Highland Way. As a direct expansion of that project seating, planters and interpretation panels all follow the template laid down by the earlier work, establishing a seating area for group gatherings framed by planters and bounded on one side by a monolithic mural-map in corten steel.
Standing three metres tall the mural displays a simplified representation of nearby landmarks flanked by smaller corten artwork panels integrated within a screen of timber posts. These include a commemoration of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, designer of the iconic red telephone box which was manufactured in Kirkintilloch.
An expanded slate and bronze map documenting the wider area is embedded in the ground between seats, merging with the paving with significant settlements marked by cast bronze disks inset within the paving.
In a press statement, Page\Park wrote: "The project recognises the important role the pedestrianised area of the town plays in gathering and directing locals and visitors alike, and a strategy has been developed for locating more of these units around the town, with the ambition of improving wayfinding, encouraging active travel, and sharing the history and stories of Milngavie through graphics and imagery."
A modular prototype bench, wayfinding panel and planter has also been installed on Station Road to serve as the blueprint for future wayfinding improvements around the town.
The central artwork has a backing panel to ensure legibility and a raised brass marker identifies its position in the town