Between the river and the existing Wessex Water depot the proposal is to incorporate a lot of activities so as to encourage use. The primary elements are:
- A hard landscaped activity area.
- An external bouldering/climbing wall which will double as a graffiti wall to the rear.
- Barbecue areas.
- A play park for younger children.
- A café and indoor climbing wall.
- An exercise zone with built in features to aid physical exercise for young and old alike.
- Bike rental space.
- A deck protruding over the river to allow small events.
Thames Barrier Park. London
This competition winning public park was designed to regenerate one of the country’s most polluted sites on the north side of the River Thames. It houses a cafe, and pavilion as well as a significant level of flora and landscaping. It uses a layering strategy where circulation routes are diverted and subverted as they cross one another to elongate the visitor’s experience of the site.
The High Line, New York
Disused elevated railway tracks on Manhattan’s west side were re-imagined into public space. This brownfield site was transformed into a high line public park, successfully creating different areas of interactive seating and diverse vegetation. The three phase project was completed in 2014 and has redefined an existing piece of infrastructure within the city as a significant community asset.
Eastside City Park. Birmingham
Patel Taylor describes the design as ‘following a strategy of making a sequence of defined spaces with a logical yet pleasurable route between them.
The park is a vital part of The Big City Plan and at the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside regeneration quarter, a place where people can stop, relax and enjoy a colourful and aromatic landscape.