Landscaping and the Public Realm
In response to earlier feedback, public realm and landscaping have become central to our alternative proposals. We want to create a safe and welcoming environment, where residents and visitors alike can meet and spend time – a hub for the community.
Our alternative plans propose almost double the amount of public space compared with the approved scheme and feature a new, large public square. This will be open at its west-facing end towards Burnt Ash Road. Surrounding buildings have been designed to ensure that the square receives sunlight throughout the day.
It will be a public space where people can sit out and relax over a cup of coffee or a bite to eat, sheltered from street traffic. Pedestrian routes from the square to Eltham Road, Burnt Ash Road and Carston Close will help to create a lively environment and provide viable trading conditions for shops and cafés.
Our landscaping strategy involves extensive tree planting around the perimeter of the site, with tree species selected for their suitability to the urban environment. Trees planted within the new square will help to create a pleasant micro-climate
Designing the square
We want to know what characteristics the local community want the new public space to have. This could include:
A CIVIC SQUARE - Formal design, typically uncluttered, predominantly featuring hard landscaping materials, perhaps with trees
A MARKET SQUARE - Open space with hard landscaping, primarily designed to accommodate market stalls and a significant number of visitors
A GARDEN SQUARE - Informal design, grassed areas and planting, perhaps with play equipment
A cross-section of the building on the north side of the public square
The public square plan illustrated at the top of this page combines elements of these three types of space. We propose a predominantly paved square, with a grid of trees providing a pleasant green canopy to walk or sit beneath.
An area for market stalls is indicated on the southern side of the square, with an area open to the sun for café terraces on the northern side. Seating, bicycle stands and soft landscaping also feature in our draft plans.
Bermondsey Square, a popular outdoor space in Southwark, is a market square that attracts visitors with its stalls, cafés, restaurants and outside seating. Leegate’s public space will be 30 metres by 65 metres and is being designed by the same landscape architects who delivered Bermondsey Square