The Avenue - Green Infrastructure in Autumn

Allen Pyke Associates have been project landscape architects for Great Western Park, Didcot urban extension, since outline planning consent was granted in 2008. The development comprises approximately 3,500 residential units, a mixed-use centre, three schools, a college and over 60ha of public open space. The practice has been involved at all stages of design and implementation and are appointed by both residential and commercial developers.

Allen Pyke worked closely with the project urban designers to develop the Framework Plans and Local Area Brief documents which set out the parameters and character areas for the three large neighbourhoods and public open spaces across the site. We have since developed this design guidance into detailed landscape proposals for reserved matters applications, tender and construction packages for over 20 residential phases  and the district centre public realm.

The detailed design of the public open spaces coincides with the residential phases to ensure new residents were provided with an attractive and safe living environment and space to play. The development contains several large public parks, which include equipped play areas of different characters and play experience. The design of these areas was informed by a number of public consultation events with local residents and school children. A large area of formal sports pitches and a skate park are also provided.



The District Centre Square at the heart of the development contains a commercial and community. It was constructed by a number of developers. Our design for the Square creates a seemless and coordinated  public realm for our clients. A number of smaller neighbourhood centres  are located across the development. These public squares create a sense of place and an identifiable character for each residential zone.


This large greenfield site contains few existing landscape features but where present these are protected by TPO or by requirements set out in the s106, e.g. restoration of  an existing degraded pond. The site is subject to heavy drainage restrictions, but is on clay and largely flat. The sitewide SuDS constraints have been a key driver of the masterplan and landscape proposals have been developed to create multi-functional amenity spaces with are attractive to residents and beneficial to wildlife. We presented the project as a case study at the National SuDS Conference in 2012.


  • Strategy – prepared site wide landscape strategy and phasing plan for delivery of open spaces and public realm
  • Framework Plans and Local Area Briefs – provided input into design guidance for individual character areas and open spaces
  • Concept Design for public open spaces and areas of public realm
  • Reserved Matters and conditions clearance for residential and commercial areas
  • Play Area design for seven locations. Areas range from small natural play zones to large equipped play areas (LEAPs/NEAPs)
  • Skate Park – coordinate with speciest to design and deliver wheeled sports facility
  • Management and Maintenance Plans
  • Site Supervision
  • Sports Pitches – coordinate with soil specialists to deliver a high standard sports facility
  • Public Consultation including workshops with local school children and young people, sports clubs and residents
  • Public Art – represent the client on the Public Art Steering Group, helping to write the brief and select artists for the site wide art trail
  • Sustainable Drainage – coordinate with drainage engineers to develop the site wide SuDS strategy through the creation of multi-functional landscapes
  • Liaison with Local Planning Authority – preparation of materials for pre-app meetings, liaise with council officers to develop proposals
  • Adoption – preparation of materials to assist with handover of open spaces and attendance at site inspections