[FIRST LOOK] Former Aukett Fitzroy Robinson masterplanner Nick Sweet has returned to Riyadh to drawn up a series of additions to Salam Park - the city’s urban park which he worked on more than 15 years ago
Now a partner at Barton Willmore, Sweet and his team has landed the project to extend the Saudi capital’s ‘Hyde Park’ by 4.5 hectares, effectively a 20 per cent increase in area.
The extensions will include a Water and Adventure Play Garden, a Garden of Giants and a Science Garden.
Sweet said: ‘This is a really interesting project that will transform the only major green space in the city of Riyadh. Besides the new links and spaces, we aim to produce a series of different garden ‘experiences’, which will encourage human interaction with the environment and promote a better understanding of ecology.’
The area around the park is receiving significant funding for development and regeneration. A new criminal court by Albert Speer, a falcons market and the new City Hall by Foster + Partners are all planned near the park, and some of these buildings are already under construction. These plans, alongside the redevelopment of the old Al Doho Quarter, call ‘for stronger pedestrian links’ to be provided to the north of the Park.
The designs being proposed by Barton Willmore incorporate an urban space to draw people to the new main entrance building.