|Town centre memorial park, Radstock|
|The brief called for the design of a public park and garden to occupy a series of underused open spaces at the centre of this small market town. The design of the park was to reflect the past mining and railway heritage of the town, provide a new location for the town war memorial as well as forming a vibrant and multifunctional focus to the town.|
New Leaf Studio worked as lead consultant on this project from inception through to completion of Phase I in
spring 2005. Completion of further phases awaits funding being secured.
Consultation with residents and local organisations was an important element during the design process as was Integration of public art. A number of artists were involved in the project from early stages. As part of Phase 1 we helped to commission and then worked closely with an artist to design and build the new memorial to the celebrate the mining history of the town, making use of an old pit winding wheel or sheaf.
Within the structural framework formed by paths, stone walls and formal tree planting the scheme uses a contemporary approach in its combination of shrubs and herbaceous planting, to form all year round colour and textural interest whilst keeping ongoing maintenance to a minimum.
Future phases, for which detailed planning permission has been obtained, include a car park that will double as an events space and market place together with an open-air stage, shelter and elliptical arena.