A grounds up approach to sustainable development
The landscaping features a variety of SUDS products, green roofs, a swale, permeable blocks and resin paving systems, and biodiversity features prominently. Play areas and outdoor exercise facilities enhance the value of the park
Innovations in landscape architecture
External areas show that there can be far more to good landscape design than providing attractive settings for buildings.
Innovative landscaping can contribute to the cohesion of a community, to the health and wellbeing of the people living there, and to enhancing the environment. The impact of landscape design on the built environment is recognised in both BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The Park’s landscape design includes a ‘streetscape’ that creates a seamless journey through all of its key elements and buildings. This links new and earlier phases of construction and includes trees, green walls and a pedestrian friendly ‘homezone’.
This landscape design – by PRP Landscape – is an extension of earlier landscaping designed by McFarlane Wilder for the first buildings on the Park.
The landscape has been designed to benefit:
- People – a central open area provides imaginative play spaces for children, community gardens and a meeting point. Picnic and seating areas are provided, along with innovative artwork, and a pedestrian and cycle link includes information break out points.
- Local ecology – wildlife-friendly gardens and diverse planting of native trees and fruit-bearing species enhance the local ecology and enrich biodiversity.
- The environment – recycled paving has been used in the ‘homezone’, and the picnic and seating areas showcase recycled street furniture. A variety of porous paving systems provide sustainable drainage systems (SUDs).