King Street square designer chosen

king street squareGrainger & Helical Bar have chosen the design team for the new public square at the heart of their King Street scheme.

Scape Design Associates have been appointed as landscape architects for the new piazza, following a public consultation on designs from three teams in October. A design panel – which included local residents, architect John Thompson, and Design for London – took the results of a public vote into account in choosing Scape.

The Square, on the site of the present Town Hall extension, which is to be demolished opening up views of the art deco fa├žade of the original Town Hall from King Street, and be the centrepiece of the regeneration project for the west end of King Street. Scape’s design provides green space, an original water feature and reinstates the steps leading up to the front of the listed town hall.

Scape will now work with Robert Townshend, the lead landscape architects on the wider scheme – which is set to include new shops, restaurants and offices – to ensure that the square complements the wider regeneration proposals.

Councillor Mark Loveday, H&F Council Cabinet Member for Strategy, said: “Consultation is the key to getting this scheme right and I think the design panel and the people who attended the public consultation have made a wise choice.Now that we have a design team in place we can consult stakeholders further on the fine detail of the square and ensure the final proposals are something we can all be proud of.”

Matthew Bonning-Snook of King Street Developments Ltd says: “The design panel felt that Scape provided an innovative response to the design brief, and that their proposals will create a public square which is not only accessible to all and can be used for a variety of different activities, but will provide a suitably elegant setting for the Grade Two listed Town Hall.”

The Grainger/Helical partnership, King Street Developments, is expected to hold further public events on the detailed design of the wider scheme in 2010 before bringing forward a planning application later that year.

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