Landscape architects Gillespies has submitted plans for the new public square at the foot of Richard Rogers’ Leadenhall Building in the City of London
Gillespies’ designs for St Helen’s Square - which at 3,325m2 is the third-largest open space in the City - include 406m2 of green spaces, tiered pedestrianised walkways and enough open space to allow for exhibitions and performances.
Although Richard Rogers’ practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) was not directly involved in the team which designed the new square, the two firms have worked together before, most recently on the public realm and landscape design of the RSHP-designed NEO Bankside close to Tate Modern in London.
Jon Akers Coyle, associate partner at Gillespies, said: ‘It’s important that the City’s spaces achieve their full potential, to be enjoyed daily by workers, visitors and residents. The design approach is unique to this setting, authentic to the character of the City but interpreted in contemporary terms.’
Gillespies, which was awarded the job to design St Helen’s Square via competition, has submitted the designs for planning permission.