Inspirational spaces win accolades

CABE benchmark projects commended for inspiring and informing the public

A public garden once known as “Dog Poo Park” to the locals has been transformed into an “inspiring space” recognised as one of eight showcase projects by a major public space authority. The eight are benchmark projects, which the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE) will be using as examples from which the public can draw inspiration and knowledge. The commendations have been welcomed by the minister for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Yvette Cooper. Tavistock Gardens near Notting Hill in west London was not only “Dog Poo Park” but also a home for street drinkers and drug dealers. But grant applications by a community association raised £200,000 and the garden has been turned into a small park and a children’s play area. Godolphin Road Community Garden in Hammersmith, also in west London, is a 0.8ha garden on a former bomb-site in the middle of a residential area. It won a Green Pennant award in 2003. In Sheffield, CABE chose the Heeley City Farm, a community garden and a children’s play area. The George Road Bible & Memorial Garden at Sandwell in the West Midlands was an overgrown burial ground that has now been transformed into a public open space. In Salford, Greater Manchester, the Urban Oasis is no longer a rubbish-strewn area but a garden with a greenhouse and orchard. Saintbridge Pond in Gloucester was a neglected flood defence feature but is now a nature reserve and recreation area. In Plymouth, the Morice Town home zone is a redesigned area with open spaces and plants.The Westway Development Trust at Westbourne Park is a community area underneath a major road.

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