Landscape and visual impact assessment in UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast near Bushmills in Northern Ireland is a UNESCO world heritage site. This part of the beautiful coastline has a natural phenomenon of a structure of interlocking basalt columns which have cultural and mythological as well as natural environment significance. Visitors to the area flock to the see the Giant's Causeway and pressure for access and parking in the area is high.
Our client proposed to build a multi-storey carpark on a field adjacent to the railway station, and close to the newly finished National Trust visitor centre. The car park would be dug into the hillside, green roofed and sensitively sited. Our work was to test the proposals for landscape and visual impact in this extremely special and sensitive site.