Randall Thorp were commissioned by Hulme Regeneration to work on the design of a new neighbourhood park in a high density residential area, as part of Manchester's City Challenge regeneration scheme. We were responsible for:
- Development of the design brief
- Community consultation
- Hard and soft landscape detailing
- Monitoring the works during implementation
Engagement of the local community involved ‘briefing brainshops’ with as wide a cross section of the community as possible in order to develop a robust, community led brief for the project. The community were then invited to elect a steering group to oversee the design process and ensure the community brief was met.
The design included the use of boulders, timber sculptural animals and steps and walls incorporating seating, all of which provide opportunities for unique, innovative and imaginative play.
The resulting scheme has met the needs of the local community as well as giving them a sense of pride in their environment. The sense of ownership which the process fostered has ensured that the park is a well loved and cared for heart to this new development.