Fabulous New Outdoor Space In the Heart of Campus

Posted by kab14 at Dec 01, 2016 03:35 PM |
The area between the Students Union Building and the David Wilson Library has been sensitively landscaped to provide an outdoor events space for our University Community
Fabulous New Outdoor Space In the Heart of Campus

Christmas Market in the New Space

Our teams have recently completed a major project to hard and soft landscape a 1000 m2 area in the heart of the campus.  The picture right shows the area in use on 1 December 2016 for a Christmas Market.   The space has been designed to include power points for major events strategically placed around the square.  All lighting has been upgraded to low energy usage LED units and each circuit is able to be dimmed and programmed to suit all events.

The paving layout has been designed to create a clutter free space with clear un-obstructed access routes connecting to the surrounding campus buildings. A palette of carefully selected hard landscape materials has been chosen to complement the architectural styling of the buildings utilising both natural stone and concrete aggregate paving.  A warmer sand stone has been selected to wrap around the Fielding Johnson Building forming a plinth around its base whilst the clean lines of granite have been used to continue the strong axis leading towards the library building. A combination of contemporary silver grey concrete aggregate paving has been selected for the main central square with dashes of more natural tones included to add warmth and depth whilst feature contrasting bands dissect the space.

A planting palette has been selected to provide spatial definition and attractive seasonal interest using a combination of ornamental and herbaceous species (20 in total).  Tree species have been chosen to best meet the needs of the site with formal upright species (Liriodendron tulipifera fastigiata) selected along the central pedestrian access leading to the library, whilst a larger stature tree (Liquidambar styraciflua 'Worplesdon') with incredible leaf shape and dazzling autumn colour (deep claret) have been used to frame the central square.

Mark Bodman, Landscape Architect, Barry Chinn Associates Ltd.

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