Winning idea recreates parks for the 21st Century

HLM wins Paxton ideas competition
HLM wins Paxton ideas competition

HLM has won the professional category of the Landscape Institute North West’s Design Ideas Competition – A Public Park for the 21st Century: A celebration of the work of Joseph Paxton.

The competition received more than 130 entries from all over the world and was described by the organisers as: ‘a very challenging and ambitious brief’.

The brief aimed to re-examine the public park in the 21st century and invited architects and designers to consider how best to revitalise and reclaim urban parks as multi-functional resources at the heart of our communities, that are also economically viable and self-sustaining.

HLM’s winning entry was entitled ‘Power to the Park’.  It merged Vauxhall Park and Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens along a newly expanded  urban spine, which was inspired by nature and innovation.

The concept park reinvents the purpose and impetus of the public park by incorporating new technologies, creating self-generating income and introducing cutting edge science and innovation to inspire the public. The parks redefine and reinvigorate 21st century pleasure – bringing back the raucousness of Victorian pleasure gardens into modern fashion.

Commenting on the win, HLM associate Alethea Ottowell said: ‘The team hope that the winning design will inspire councils and other public bodies to re-evaluate what a public park can and should be. Although the new London park is a concept we would welcome the opportunity to bring our designs to life, whether this is the creation of a new park or the regeneration of an existing public space.’

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