|Workspace Group plc|
|Kennington Business Park, London, UK|
The phased redevelopment of six buildings within Kennington Park Business Centre fronting Cranmer Road and Foxley Road will provide new flexible business space and landscaping within the centre. The landscape will create a welcoming and stimulating environment for workers and the local community. The design proposal maintains the functionality and character of the current yard areas whist adding additional planting and garden for people to explore and utilize. The design is strongly influenced by sustainable principles. Hard materials are maintained wherever possible, re purposed and reused, and additional planting will enhance biodiversity whist opportunities for rain gardens and other sustainable urban drainage (SUD’s) features.
The landscape design of Kennington Park is divided in five character areas;
Canterbury Yard – A primary pedestrian access point to Kennington Park from Oval station comprises of a flexible yard space, south west facing tilted lawns, and a planted ramp terrace that provides an accessible connection to Central Yard to the south.
Walled garden – It is a narrow strip of woodland inspired rain garden with glass meeting rooms onto which adjacent offices, can spill out.
The Central yard – The Central Yard is located between Block A and B comprises of a sequence of terraces with different elements and textures arranged along its linear axis. It consists of a play terrace, species rich lawn and seating spaces under tree canopies. The southern end of the space along Cranmer Road consist of a bicycle shed.
The Games Yard – The Games yard is positioned to benefit from afternoon and evening sun. This flexible space is designed to host events and outdoor games and is inspired by the nearby Cleaver Square.
The Rubble Garden – The rubble garden is focused around the reuse of materials and biodiversity. It comprises of groups of Corylus avellana, Euonymus europaeus, Ostrya carpinifolia trees and timber benches placed randomly throughout.
The roof of the Buildings are provided with the bio-diverse roof, which will provide viable habitats for the wildlife.