Abbey Green: The Entries - Part 3
All of the submitted design proposals for the Abbey Green competition
Bioregional Development Group
The BioRegional scheme fills Abbey Green’s flat northern and southern sections with multiple play and activity zones. To the north are basketball courts and a stepped garden and to the south a wide, east-west promenade with a new performance zone opposite the Broadway Theatre and an arts zone at the waterfront.
Green Cube Architects
Green Cube opens up the southern portion of the park with a festival square and lawns reaching from the Broadway Theatre to the river and new pier. A café, galleries and playground feature on the park’s northern edge and a skate park on its border with Abbey Road. A walled garden and playing field provide diverse green spaces.
Townshend Landscape Architects
Closing Abbey Road at the park’s south-western tip creates space for colourful planting from the Broadway Theatre to the new waterfront, which features floating gardens. The horticultural treatment repeats across the park, with wildflower meadows, play gardens, an orchard and open lawns.
Place Design + Planning
The scheme proposed by Place Design + Planning emphasises the park’s recreational, educational and historical functions. Place leaves the layout broadly intact, introducing enhanced planting and sports facilities to the north of the abbey ruins and a new east-west promenade, which connects the town to the river.
A lowered paved square, which is carved from the park’s flat plane, opens the green space and forms a venue for cultural events, markets and festivals. Studio Hartzema’s proposal facilitates sports and active play in the southern portion of the park, while the northern section has a more relaxed atmosphere.
Anthony Walker + Partners
With an amphitheatre to their north and a sensory garden to their south, the abbey ruins have a prominent place in Anthony Walker + Partners’ scheme for the green. The plan also includes an orchard and formal garden, an events area and outdoor gym. A promenade links the Broadway with the waterfront and its new museum.
An inner promenading path and substantial planting are the key features of FoRM Associates’ low-impact plan for the park. Better defined east-west pathways and an enhanced piazza around Curfew Tower are also part of the scheme.
The Landscape Partnership
The Landscape Partnership expands the park to the river, creating a low-speed road and cycle route and greening the land between road and river. The proposal envisages a revitalised waterfront and a river frontage, including an urban beach. A play zone occupies the northern section and a gateway on East Street connects park and town.
Charles Funke Associates
The northern portion of Abbey Green becomes a quiet zone in Charles Funke’s proposal. It includes an amphitheatre, sculpted earthworks and horticultural modulation to create visual interest and screening. To the east is a new market square, with a skate park in the west. The scheme features substantial replanting.
Planet Earth re-imagines Abbey Green as a geometric pattern with a radiating plan of tree circles and diamond-shaped gardens that extend beyond its current borders. The scheme is interrupted for significant buildings and Abbey Road, which remains open to vehicles, although Broadway is pedestrianised in the kaleidoscope-like plan.
Buro Happold proposes a strong park perimeter, with a path for jogging and walking. This is pierced by four main entrances, where the park edge thickens and leads to centres of activity. The largest of these is the river amphitheatre, for open-air concerts and other events. A museum for local heritage is envisioned close to the abbey ruins.