Project: Soft and hard landscaping for new play area
Client: Peabody Trust
North Row Buildings in Westminster dates from 1888 and is one of three Peabody estates where tired open spaces have been given facelifts. Calabasas overhauled the space for just under £200,000 thanks to part funding from the Big Lottery.
Improvement work began in spring and the play space with ornamental plants, herbs, irrigation, climbing wall and tunnels was officially opened two weeks ago. Peabody project manager Sue Forsyth said: "It was known by residents as the prison yard. We transformed it into a colourful, bright garden where people can play and try a bit of gardening."
One of the biggest problems was site access. Hard-landscape elements had to be built in situ to avoid craning them over buildings. Farrer Huxley Landscape Associates designed the space.
The site includes areas for younger children with soundproofing to damp down echoes. A more formal area with seating is for residents to meet and chat and a third zone is a grassed space for relaxation.