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Muf creates new park for Folkestone Triennial

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Muf Architecture/Art redevelops a derelict park in Folkestone as part of the town’s triennial celebrations

A project by Muf Architecture/Art has redeveloped the previously derelict Payers Park in central Folkestone into a landscaped community garden as part of the Folkestone Triennial celebrations.

The £1.5 million project includes landscaping, play areas, walkways, seating and car parking provision, and despite being commissioned as an art project alongside several temporary installations, is designed to be a permanent part of Folkestone’s town centre.

Lovisa Lindström, architectural designer at Muf Architecture/Art, said: ‘The space was previously a completely derelict car park with a very steep slope. We had to retain the existing car parking spaces, which was one of the major challenges in the project, and the steep slope meant working on three levels with three access points.’

A series of events including archaeological digs, talks and music events were held in the community to help inform the design of the park.

‘We held a silent disco, which was popular and led us to believe that young people would be key users of the park,’ said Lindström. ‘This led to us installing climbing frames for older children, while a pizza-baking event led us to include electrical points so people could recreate such activities in the park.’

Stone slab seating was also installed, which could double as theatre seating for performances or film screenings.

The park will be completed next week in advance of the beginning on the Folkestone Triennial which begins on 30 August.

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