This project, which included the removal of a tower block to create public space, has completely changed perceptions of the city centre, and provided a catalyst to attract new business. This accomplished and confident scheme is the product of a clearly expressed concept translated into an elegant and understated spatial design complementing historic buildings. The design successfully “declutters” an under-used asset, creating a modern but appropriate setting for urban life.
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LDA Design Consulting Limited
Opportunity Peterborough/Peterborough City Council.
Urban/suburban green space
LI Awards 2012 - Design 1-5 ha - Highly Commended
The aim of the project was to transform this historic city centre square which had become fragmented by roads and suffered from a poor quality public realm, to create a dynamic space with clarity of purpose, special character and social opportunity.
Artas-ua.info architect: LDA Design. | Lighting: Sutton Vane Associates. | Engineer: Pell Frischman. | Accessibility: Centre for Accessible Environments. | Contract administration: Peterborough City Council.
Materials used create a unifying platform, drawing together the richness and variety of the surrounding built environment. Bespoke seating was created using large section timbers, inspired by the interior structure of the cathedral roof. A large flexible surface was created with a grid of water jets, flush with the pavement, which can be switched off when the space is needed for events.
The fragmentation of the space by the road was overcome by creating a shared space through continuity of detail, which required considerable consultation and detailed design development to accommodate accessibility obligations.