We understand the socio-economic needs, we know that simply making a beautiful place is not enough, we need to provide opportunities, a reason to return and a place which contributes to the circular local economy.
Our big idea is actually to create four ideas, the park is already dissected by a strong north south and east west link, we propose to strengthen these routes as a framework within which to build a diverse and deliverable park.
Each of the four areas will relate to a key theme – Heritage, Culture, Health and Wellbeing. Within these areas the activities and landscape design will contribute to feelings of calmness, happiness, excitement and intrigue.
The four areas will be held together by one of the oldest features of the park – the railway line, this railway will be improved to become a journey for train, by foot and by bicycle, it will be opened up to showcase views and deliver people to different areas whilst becoming a spine for exercise and activity in both summer and winter.
The park will also be a showcase for Rusal and the work they are doing in production and construction, we propose to utilise recycled materials in a beautiful way to clad structures and provide new contemporary sculptures in the park made by the very people who work for Rusal.
This area puts the existing station as a beacon in the park but also adds a new extension to the existing cinema to create an active open edge to the park which can be open air in the summer, the station looks over a large open grassed area which can be activated by markets, fun fairs and pop-up events. It will be the space to view fireworks festivals and a home for the performing arts. This area will also host the Rusal museum, a space for sculpture and to showcase the work of Rusal and the wider environment. This area is all about culture, a place to visit and take away happy feelings. Although one of the simplest areas in the plan it is the area that allows the most flexibility – something which is missing at present.