Building on our experience with Thames Barrier Park, Patel Taylor and Allain Provost won th einternational competition to design Birmingham's first new city centre park in 125 years. The competition was won from a shortlist of six international practices.
City Park is at the heart of Birmingham's Eastside regeneration quarter, being both the focal point and the principal route in to the district. It is a linear park which extends eastwards from Park Street Gardens, along the frontage of Millennium Point to the Digbeth Branch Canal. The Design of th epark is a series of well articulated spaces, which make toppgraphical, historical and formal connections to the city.
The vitality of the park depends on legible urban design , allowing it to become a well connected and easily navigated piece of Birmingham's city fabric, reinforced by coherent and engaging hard and soft landscape. These spaces will be able to accomodate and contribute to the wide variety of activities than can be expected in such a diverse city.
A bold planting strategy helps define these urban spaces in a way that evokes common preceptions and expectations of parks. Large trees differentiate spaces, direct views and provide shelter and enclosure. This structure is reinforced by planting of a smaller scale that has sufficient variety provide many different experiential characteristics throughout the park, creating an unfolding experience of the park, full of discovery and delight. The contrast of scales , characters and hard and soft spaces will enable the park to be both an integrated route within the city and a much loved destination.
Throughout the design process, there has been close consultation with local communities; stakeholders developing with the Eastside quarter , such as Birmingham City University;and those who will be responsible for the maintenance of teh park. Parks are long term investments that need to meet and exceed teh needs of users, and must continue to do many years after completion.