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 project also generated 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 Uni 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 R.B. Kingston with a Silver Gilt Award for 2014.

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Collaborators

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

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