Oxley Holdings Ltd
Phase I completed September 2018, remaining phases completing 2020
In the hierarchy of spaces in this docklands quarter, we see this square as functioning in providing what can be said to be the pleasures of local informal contact, the journey en-route to the shops, informal contact between neighbours or work colleagues on a bench, or making a daily errand or break more enjoyable
The street consists of a series of edge planters, with varying sized pine trees guyed under the surface to the planter walls. These are then planted with lower materials, large native granite menhirs and rock to create a high degree of stylized natural elements along the street. Also, a change in paving treatment, emphasizing node and threshold, designed seating and trees, one in particular of landmark proportion, compliment the café spill out and provide the suite of essential elements that confer the notion of encouraging people to register and use the resource if passing by, to slow down and linger longer.
An important development is the new square or plaza, located in the central nexus of the scheme and forming a modest, pedestrian priority space, with seating, lighting centered around a very large tree, and with the benefit of a café overlooking and elaborated building entrances, all generating pedestrian flow.
Bernard Seymour /
Arnaud Alatissiere /
Associate Landscape Architect