Book «Limassol a new era» (published 2015)
THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF LIMASSOL
THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF LIMASSOL has changed significantly, mainly since the establishment of the Cyprus University of Technology when it became
clear that the existing structure needed to change.
During the study and planning phase of the regeneration of the town centre, the
focus was not only on the positive aspects of the revival of the centre but also
on ways of resolving age-old problems and issues that had arisen as a natural consequence of the transformation of a previously deprived area of the town into
a lively and vital one.
The aim was also to further encourage development, through contributions and
functional town planning interventions with the required aesthetics and quality,
that would invite residents and visitors alike to explore, visit and get to know and love the new potential of the historical centre The purpose of the study was to determine the ultimate management of the area, regarding:
• the substantial improvement to the movement of vehicles and pedestrians through the implementation of traffic management measures, including turning key thoroughfares in the centre into one-way streets, restricting access to main streets, the pedestrianisation of compact areas and the proper, uniform signposting of entrances/exits and how to move around the area. To encourage pedestrians, a complete, continuous network of car-free places (areas, streets, squares) has been constructed, as well as roads where pedestrians have priority with broad pavements linking the main areas of activity and reference points in the centre.
• the creation of dedicated areas for entertainment, culture, recreation and tourism to increase the competitiveness of the centre with tourist-focused and other areas. The intention was to create a network of varied recreation areas to help upgrade the organisation of the centre and, at the same time, serve the local population.
• the ability to promote cultural heritage and antiquities as well as historical and other areas of the town.
• the use of municipal and private car parks and better exploitation.
The project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the
EU as part of the 2007-2013 programming period in the "Competitiveness and
Sustainable Development operational programme, with priority given to the regeneration of urban and rural areas and with the particular aim of regenerating
the urban environment and the promotion of entrepreneurship". The total cost of the project was €18 million and it was completed in May 2013.
INTERVENTIONS TOOK PLACE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
• Traffic decongestion of the area and the creation of the suitable infrastructure enabling alternative transport behaviour with emphasis on walking, cycling and taking a bus, thus giving priority to environmentally friendly means of transport.
• Construction of pavements
• Regeneration of the area with uniform and proper signposting and the creation of areas of special interest.