This week sees to long-awaited launch of the Dorset Coastal Connections People and Places film, showcasing 18 projects connecting communities with our spectacular coastal region by improving physical, digital and emotional interactions with the Dorset Coast. The projects are located along the coast ranging from Lyme Regis to Christchurch and were devised with the aim of improving physical, digital and emotional interactions by improving public places. The goal was to enhance these spaces that we use and cherish by making them more attractive and functional, and to provide a sense of place with artistic interventions.

As part of our involvement, TADC commissioned artists and designers to collaborate with engineers and project managers; bringing creative solutions to the 18 public realm schemes from Lyme Regis to Christchurch, thereby making them bespoke to their environment. This included creative way markers, seating, plazas, promenades and even animal architecture for bees and birds to live in.

The video, showing details about all the amazing work that has taken place and the impact is has had, is now available to watch on Youtube.


The Dorset Coastal Connections Project

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) awarded £5.6m Coastal Community Funding (CCF) in May 2017, following a successful partnership portfolio bid to deliver this collaborative approach of projects, which was coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. Together with matched funding from many partner organisations, the portfolio has invested £18.5m to connect our urban and rural coastal areas, working with communities to promote and sell the Dorset coast.

The project was driven by 4 key themes:

  • Sustaining and developing the tourism economy
  • Having thriving and dynamic coastal and maritime businesses to encourage economic growth
  • Connecting the urban, rural and coastal communities across the Dorset coast
  • Conserving, enhancing and promoting Dorset’s special natural and cultural assets

Most of the projects were completed by December 2019 with the final few due to be completed by Summer 2021.