Design & Build - BALI National Landscape Awards 2017


Images: © Jason Ingram
Images: © Jason Ingram

Sponsor: Topsoil

Merchant Square, Floating Pocket Park

Client European Land and Property
Suppliers Europlanters, London Stone, Millboard, MKM Creations, Namgrass

Development of the design involved careful consideration of the existing site and collaboration with a marine engineer to meet the brief. The footprint is proportionate to the body of water and ensures freedom of movement for ducks and swans. The scheme provides increased biodiversity, aesthetic interest and high-quality public amenity space. The floating pocket park is cohesive with its surroundings and great attention has been paid to the way in which people will relate to the space. Raised planters, hardwood benches, decking, an artificial lawn, lighting and hardy planting ensure that the park delights visitors by encouraging interaction with the water and give a range of colours and scents. There is a combination of secluded planted areas along with larger open spaces for events and bigger crowds.

Judges' comments

"Covering approximately one-third of the Paddington Basin in Merchant Square, the floating pocket park provides an innovative and hugely popular solution to the client brief for a high-quality public amenity space for residents, workers and visitors. The contractor has thought outside the box to develop, with the help of marine engineers, a system of linked pontoons with a buoyancy specifically calculated for the environment, usage and footfall. This system, together with the design and subsequent construction of the pocket park, demonstrates the contractor’s ability to innovate and to complete landscaping works, however unusual the location, to an exceptionally high standard."

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