Saffron Square, a large brownfield regeneration project in the centre of Croydon, was identified in Croydon’s Vision 2020 as the key northern gateway site to the town centre. Having lain fallow for almost 15 years, it was earmarked as a location for high quality, high density residential accommodation with new pedestrian routes and a public open space that facilitates ease of use, safety and provides shelter for all users.
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The existing garden comprised a series of stepped terraces with little useable space. The brief was to create a more useable garden with a large terrace to the rear for entertainment.
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Battersea Power Station Development Company recently unveiled the latest images showing the redevelopment’s new public park, designed by LDA Design. The six acre park shows the shareholder’s commitment to the public realm and will deliver a new public park for London.
The new public park, which secured detailed planning consent earlier this year, is due to open in phases from 2017. This new green space the size of nearly three and a half full sized football pitches will play a key role in the over-arching place-making strategy and will connect the Power Station, Circus West and Phase 6 to the River Thames, with a riverside promenade. The park will feature large event lawns, terraced river gardens and form a highly flexible, multi-programmable space for use throughout the year.
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Over the last year we have published the Blackfriars and Thames Baths from Studio Octopi and recently they announced a kickstarter funding campaign to raise £125,000 to create Thames Baths – a floating freshwater pool in the Thames River. The team hope to get the project up in two years with a new more workable and scalable design.
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Landscape architect Luke Greysmith and John Ryan, CEO of Oxford House, recognised the untapped potential of the space – a south-facing aspect and shaded by trees but only serving as a car park. Despite the surrounding urban spaces being a hive of activity, the dead-end was only used for anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping. It seemed obvious that reconfiguring the street as a pocket park would benefit the local community in many ways – a social space with outdoor café, a connected space with new pedestrian / bike route, a bio-diverse space with new planting and a functional space featuring sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) as the backbone of the scheme.
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The London Legacy Development Corporation has recently announced that six teams have been shortlisted for the Olympicopolis Design Competition. The new culture and education quarter is part of the Olympicopolis vision for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Over 43 high quality submissions comprising established companies and emerging practices which included 125 different architects from around the world.
The six finalists teams are:
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The Landscape Institute announces the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards, with the winning schemes including the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay. Landscape architects LDA Design won the prestigious President’s Award, chosen by new President Noel Farrer, for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, an ambitious project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.
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