The park was created on a former gas works which was subsequently used as a car park. Prior to the construction of the park extensive remediation works were undertaken which included removal of the contaminated land, and the inclusion of an innovative ground water retention system that is recycled for the park’s irrigation.
In order to positively involve the local community we established a Public Engagement Strategy. The Strategy included a questionnaire survey (web and hard copy for residents and businesses), exhibitions, meetings with amenity and community groups and a design day. The outcome of the public consultation was captured in an extensive report and formed the basis for the design brief of the park.
The total area of the site is 1.3 hectares and the park includes active and passive recreational areas; soft landscape, two water features; children’s play areas and public art commissioned as part of community involvement with the scheme.
The scheme won numerous awards including the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Awards, Sustainable Landscaping Award in 2012, the Local Government News Street Design Urban Green Space Award 2013 and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Community Benefit Award in 2014