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Colchester Garrison

Colchester, Essex

Colchester Garrison

Liz Lake Associates was commissioned to design the public realm for four key areas within the former Ministry of Defence Garrison Site in Colchester, which lies within a Conservation Area and includes the archaeological remains of Britain’s only Roman circus as well as the walls of a former abbey, both of which are scheduled ancient monuments.

Liz Lake Associates combined its heritage and residential expertise by working closely with the project team and the Local Authority and their consultants to achieve a diverse and interesting public realm over four sites, sensitive to the local context and the conservation and archaeological constraints of the sites. Drawing on our extensive experience in this area, this pocket park follows the key design principles for successful pocket park – that the design style and choice of materials for the park and the built elements in the scheme complement each other in order to reinforce sense of place. The park forms a green ‘oasis’ as one of a number of open spaces, linked by high-quality public realm. Other spaces in the neighbourhood provide formal play and sports provision as well as semi-natural green space. The park has been designed to achieve a comfortable buffer from the surrounding homes, in the event of anti-social behaviour. The number of properties directly overlooking the park has been maximised both to provide an attractive outlook and to ensure adequate surveillance.

Planning permission was granted for all four sites and these have progressed to the next stage of development. This pocket park designed by Liz Lake Associates was built by Bovis Homes and is now a well used and appreciated facility.

” A diverse and interesting public realm, sensitive to the local context and the conservation and archaeological constraints of the sites. “