Memorial Gardens

 

Kingston University School of Architecture & Landscape / Live Project

 

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2013-2014/  Working with second year Landscape Architecture students (in partnership with Kingston Council and Quadron Services), to explore the potential to transform a run down public garden in central Kingston, using only the material of planting as a catalyst; in the process developing a deeper understanding of the site and context, which informed further imaginative strategies for the longer term.  The students followed a typical design and stakeholder consultation process, from inception to construction.  Given the current funding pressures on public parks, the student/ tutor project also generated its own funds through the pioneering Space Hive crowd funding website, alongside a social media campaign run via a student led Twitter and facebook page.  

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At Memorial Gardens we saw a newly created sensory garden, which has been created with the help of Kingston University students. It had greatly enhanced the space and made it a much more welcoming and inviting space to come and sit and relax.. a great asset in the town centre”

The London In Bloom judges report,  awarding Royal London Borough of Kingston with a Silver Gilt Award for 2014. 

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Client and Collaborators

Royal London Borough of Kingston  Client /  remapp  + Nick Hughes (tutors) + B.A. Landscape Architecture second year students (Kingston University)  Landscape Architects / Quadron Services   Project Management 

Programme:   2013 – 2014/   design to construction. 

 

The planting is absolutely beautiful, it really lifts the space, providing an attractive billowy mosaic of colour and height. I love the choice of plants...’   Marie-Claire Edwards, Greenspace Manager/ Client, Royal Borough of Kingston