A significant regeneration project to enhance the heart of Laxey Village was substantially completed ahead of the 2015 TT Festival. The culmination of the work was marked in May 2015 when a Memorial statue honouring those who worked in the Great Laxey Mine was unveiled in the Heritage Garden at Mines Road.
The regeneration scheme involved the upgrading of pavements and improvements to the Rose Garden and Manx Electric Railway Station, along with the creation of a village square outside Whitehouse Close and Whitehouse Building. High quality Kilkenny Blue limestone and granite paving were used to enhance the public realm in sympathy with the Conservation Area.
A major aim of the project was to improve pedestrian access within the village centre. A key aspect of this was a provision of a new paved link to connect the MER Station and the new square and Rose Garden. This included a combined stepped and ramped access, creating a safer and easier route for pedestrians whilst also opening the area up.
The development of the scheme became a partnership between the Regeneration Committee, Isle of Man Public Transport and the Commissioners. This also helped to ensure the installation of appropriate street furniture and lighting. The Commissioners led the review of options for benches in the MER Station and the chosen style was a replica of those previously in place. Public Transport oversaw the restoration of the two timber kiosks, which were returned to the station as part of the project.
Steve Rodan SHK, Chairman of the Laxey Regeneration Committee commented: “The completion of the project is the culmination of several years of work by the Regeneration Committee, Public Transport, the Commissioners and volunteers from local businesses. Laxey already had much to offer but this major project has revitalised the village centre and created a focus for residents and visitors.” He added: “I would like to thank all those involved in the project. By working together Laxey has a village centre that will continue to attract visitors for years to come.”
Hardscape supplied Kilkenny Blue limestone selected paving, setts, kerbs, steps, and copings in a variety of finishes and textures.