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NEW HAPPY SPACES FOR KINGSTON

Kingston First and Kingston Council are leading on a public realm initiative to create inclusive happy spaces within the town centre for local residents, visitors and business community to unwind, enjoy and connect with nature.

Kingston based landscape architects Davies White Ltd and The Edible Bus Stop design studio have been appointed to lead on the engagement and design to transform Eagle Brewery Wharf on Kingston’s riverside and Memorial Gardens in the centre of the town into green spaces that improve the pedestrian flow around the town, encourage wellbeing, social and cultural activities and acknowledge their historical significance.

Investing in our public spaces

This initiative is part of Kingston town’s public realm strategy; Reimagining Kingston Town Centre’s Streets and Spaces which was completed in collaboration with Kingston First, Kingston Council, Kingston University and the Greater London Authority.

The strategy sets out a blueprint for how public spaces could be invested in to improve the experience of Kingston, encourage more people to move around all parts of the town and ensure that the town’s culture, heritage and riverside assets continue to be developed.

READ THE STRATEGY
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“Wellbeing is more important than ever and we want to bring that feeling of happiness to the people who work, live and play in our town centre. Two unique and significant spaces in Kingston will be transformed for everyone to enjoy whilst retaining their historical and community importance.”

– Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive Kingston First

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Davies White Ltd are a Kingston based RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice award winning Chartered Landscape Architects practice. Specialising in playful landscapes and gardens, they have won over 15 national design, engagement and construction awards.

Eagle Brewery Wharf

Memorial Gardens

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“Each space has its own set of existing challenges and it’s our mission to turn these into opportunities. Through a series of community engagement events we will develop design proposals that reconnect people, place and nature in the town centre.”

– Davies White Ltd and The Edible Bus Stop

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Community engagement

Members of the public, community groups, residents and local businesses are invited to share their views on how to shape these spaces through a blended mix of online and Covid-19 safe in-person events. Following engagement and feedback, the final design ideas will be available online and exhibited in the spaces by the end of June 2021.

Upcoming engagement events, open to all to attend:

  • 17 May until end June – Exhibition planters installed and on display in both spaces
  • 22 May 11am to 1pm – Informal meet & greet with Davies White in Eagle Brewery Wharf
  • 22 May 2pm to 4pm – COVID-safe Woodland Craft & Nature Workshop in Memorial Gardens

Details of future engagement events will be updated on our website, newsletters and social media at @InKingstonUK. To register your interest in attending future events, please send an email to design@davieswhite.co.uk.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
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“If Covid has taught us anything, it is how precious our green and open spaces are to the whole community so I hope we hear from as many voices as possible. These spaces are for everyone, so we want everyone’s input.”

– Cllr Caroline Kerr, Leader of Kingston Council

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