Landscaping

An integral part of our assessment of the existing planning permission was the open space provision for the development. The existing permission provides no publicly accessible open space. We have identified this as a key issue, and opportunity to ensure that the new proposals provide an open space which is accessible to all members of the community and is supported by multiple entry points.

The new open space will be multifunctional and be a space for all ages to enjoy. Importantly the space will be 20% larger in size, provide increased access to natural sunlight, and provide permeable pedestrian routes / connections in comparison to the existing permission.

The key design principles, which underpin our approach to landscaping are:

  • 1

    Celebrate industry and create a distinctive place for creators, makers and artists to facilitate the formation of a place for new and existing residents.

  • 2

    Bring ecology and wildlife to the site to create a green oasis.

  • 3

    Enable high quality, healthy living by providing a range of activities, for all ages, to encourage residents and the wider community to enjoy an urban outdoor life.

Artist’s impression of courtyard

The Green

Green spaceA publicly accessible 1.4 acre open lawn with tree planting. The lawn will be a multi-functional space for relaxation, socialising and run-around play and it forms the heart of The Park. The rest of the Park is divided into a series of Garden Rooms – enclosed smaller ‘gardens’ set within the wider space. The Park is a space which can be enjoyed by all of the community not only residents, and is a critical improvement in comparison to the 2012 planning permission, providing green relief from the surrounding urban context.

Growing Rooms

Growing areaRaised growing beds for fruits, vegetables and herbs. There is also a potential for greenhouses and/or storage for tools to be installed for residents.

Play Areas

Play areas

Play areas for younger years – the play is made from undulating surfaces, bright colours and playful patterns – set within open meadow for visibility.

Play Areas

Play areas

Play areas for younger years – the play is made from undulating surfaces, bright colours and playful patterns – set within open meadow for visibility.

Adventure Rooms

Adventure areaMore challenging play areas for older years children, with climbing structures and trails through robust planting

Adventure Rooms

Adventure areaMore challenging play areas for older years children, with climbing structures and trails through robust planting

Wildlife Rooms

Wildlife areasThese rooms have an emphasis on natural play and wildlife-friendly planting – so children can explore through a wilder setting Whilst the Garden Rooms are still publicly accessible, they offer a much more secluded experience – primarily as play and learning spaces for children living within the development.

Wildlife Rooms

Wildlife areasThese rooms have an emphasis on natural play and wildlife-friendly planting – so children can explore through a wilder setting Whilst the Garden Rooms are still publicly accessible, they offer a much more secluded experience – primarily as play and learning spaces for children living within the development.

Wildlife Rooms

Wildlife areasThese rooms have an emphasis on natural play and wildlife-friendly planting – so children can explore through a wilder setting Whilst the Garden Rooms are still publicly accessible, they offer a much more secluded experience – primarily as play and learning spaces for children living within the development.

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Masterplan - Landscape areas
Masterplan – Landscape areas

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