Marconi Site, Chelmsford

The Marconi Evolution site is of great historic interest as it is former home to the iconic Marconi works – the first wireless factory in the world and headquarters to one of the founding fathers of radio, Guglielmo Marconi. A sympathetic approach was taken for the redevelopment of the site which included the creation of stylish, modern homes, each finished to a quality specification; landscaped public spaces, cycleways and gardens for the enjoyment of residents.

Liz Lake Associates said: “Our main objective was to provide an attractive and functional space. A paved diagonal link provided a new direct pedestrian and cycle route through the site linking the train station in the south west with Anglia Ruskin University and New Street to the north east. This link ensures the area is more connected than it has been for some time, thus making this area more accessible for pedestrians who use this part of the city.”

The landscape architects wanted to draw on the history of the site in a creative sense, ensuring it contained Guglielmo Marconi as part of its identity whilst putting a modern spin on it for residents. LLA commented: “Our landscape proposals in part followed the concept of radio signals interpreted on site using a wavy blue line in the hard landscape and transmission nodes represented through blue ‘explosions’ where radio waves meet. It was important to remind site users of the historical importance of radio to this site and its offering to the world – our hard landscape design offers a suggestion of this.”

Paving was the ideal hard landscaping choice. By using a combination of laying patterns and colour you can help site users interpret the landscape, showing people where to walk and which way to go as well as ensuring cars remain in their intended areas and park in designated locations.

Marconi Chelmsford, Hard Landscape

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