YTL Developments has engaged Grant Associates to lead on the public space design for Brabazon Park, a major new 6-hectare public park at Brabazon in North Bristol. When completed, Brabazon Park will be the largest new urban public park to be created in the South West in the last 50 years.
Located on the 380-acre site of the former Filton Airfield – the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel – Brabazon will be a thriving new mixed-use neighbourhood for Bristol. At its heart will be the YTL Arena Complex – a new 17,000 capacity arena that will put the city on the world stage for live music and entertainment.
Brabazon Park will be a key interface between the new neighbourhood and the YTL Arena and the largest dedicated public park at Brabazon.
The brief for the new 6-hectare Brabazon Park is to create a contemporary new open space that will become the social heart of Brabazon, connecting the new community with the YTL Arena complex. The brief also focuses on celebrating the heritage of the former Filton Airfield, as well as creating spaces for art, nature, the community, and cultural events.
“Parks have always served an important public health function and valuable biodiversity connector in cities – giving us space to exercise and play, spaces for wildlife and a place to reconnect with nature and nurture our physical and mental health. These functions are all the more critical now. We are really excited about the possibilities for Brabazon Park – it is not only a significant new and inclusive green space for the Brabazon community but also, through the use of water, will help breathe new life into this new city neighbourhood, the people who enjoy it and wildlife, and will create a vibrant landscape destination associated with the YTL Arena.”Keith French, Director, Grant Associates
Water will be an important focus for the new park and will bring the spaces to life for both people and wildlife. The use of water is linked to a wider sustainability strategy for Brabazon with an integrated approach to sustainable urban drainage as well as offering amenity and biodiversity value.
For more information about Brabazon, visit: www.brabazon.co.uk
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