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  • FOXBOROUGH COMMUNITY SPACEADVANCED LANDSCAPE DESIGNBY JOSEPH CLANCY (BSc. Hort)LSD2 J O S E P H C L A N C Y B S c. H O R T.
  • PART ONEON SITE ANALYSIS J O S E P H C L A N C Y B S c. H O R T.
  • 1. Introduction This report is written in context with the development of a design for a site located in Foxborough (Meadows, Hill and Downes), Lucan, Co. Dublin. Residents have successfully lobbyed South Dublin Co. Council for a public space to be designed on an existing green. Students from Senior College Dun Laoghaire (SCD) have been commisioned to prepare a design proposal for this space. The basis of this report was formed out of a site visit and meeting with a representative of South Dublin Co. Council, a Mr. Jim Johnston. Mr. Johnston also presented findings from an open discussion meeting, in which, local residents voiced their opinions about what needs the design of the public space should meet. Mr. Johnston will act as a conduit between the students of SCD and residents of Foxborough Meadows, Hill and Downes. The purpose of this report is to analyze and assess the findings from that site visit and Jmeeting. This report will deliver a concise design brief, introduce the area in context (with location O Smaps), visual assessment of the area, SWOT analysis, design objectives and finally, produce a design Estatement. This report will form the foundation for the development of concepts for the site. It will P also identify problems and how they can be solved through design. H 1.1 Findings of Meeting and Site Visit with Jim Johnston CThe site visit and meeting with Jim Johnston of SouthDublin Co. Council, took place at 10 a.m. 21st L A October 2010 (Fig. 1.1.2). Mr. Johnston was also accompanied by a member of the Parks N Department, Laurence Colleran. The purpose of this site visit was to garner feelings and needs of C local residents and also to assess the existing site. Through the course of the morning discussions Fig. 1.1.1 Site Layout of Foxborough Meadows, Hill and Downes Indicating Issues Raised by Residents Y and questions took place with the representatives of South Dublin Co. Council and the Parks Department. The following paragraphs are the findings of this meeting and form part of the basis B for this report. S c. The design needed by the residents must be low cost, in terms of construction and maintenace. This means materials and planting used must be effective and durable to stop costs H of damage, repair and replacement. Repair costs will have to be weighed against intial costs when O choosing materials. R A danger also lies with the new green becoming a major attraction for residents from other T. estates. The residents of Foxborough Meadows/Downes and Hill have made it clear that they donot want this to happen. They fear if it does, it will lead to vandalism and other forms of anti-socialbehaviour. This raises many questions of how to exclude outside residents through passive/adequate means that do not dictate the design. Issues with visibility for drivers and pedestrians will determine the location(s) of plantings and structures/sculptures. This issue conflicts with the need to increse the density of tree planting groups to resist windsnap. The position and shape of the sports pitch must manipulated in such a way as it does not dictate the rest of the design. Considering as well the boundary shape outlining the main green, a rectangle located in it’s centre will look extremely harsh on the design. The last issue to be addressed here, and quite possibly the hardest, is how to include Foxborough Downes into the design and bring it into greater integration with Foxborough Meadows/Hill. Downes posses a narrow strip of green and is seperated physically and visually by housing and an access road from the main green (Fig. 1.1.1). Fig. 1.1.2 Site Visit And Meeting With Jim Johnston of South Dublin Co. Council
  • 2. Visual Assessment of Area -Planting -Materials The planting on the green of the estate is fairly The housing (Fig. 2.2 )is semi-detached with slate limited to trees. As an assumption, their age can be roofs and red brick construction. Very few elements estimated at 10-15 years. They appear in 3 of personalisation persist in the hard materials of the grouping s on the green (Fig. 2.11). While in theo- housing. The second storey of the housing is often ry there is nothing wrong with their painted and this has led to a large number of selection, there are problems with their locations constrating colours. The front gardens of the houses and maintenance. For instance, species of Acacia are quite simple; mostly consisting of a lawn, paving are positioned in an exposed location and have and a small selection of planting. The walls of the suffered dieback from frost and wind snap due to J properties also consist of red brick, this (Fig 2.3). Also, nearly all the trees have bark O however these were constructed post completion damage to the base of the trunk caused by mower S of the estate and the opus lay with house owners to damage and carelessness (Fig. 2.4.) These wounds E P construct them. This has lead to different brick types, present a possible disease infection/outbreak H finishes, copings and bonds being used. On a large arriving in the local area. Planting include Birch, scale, however, this does little to break the uniform, Mountain Ash, Acacia and Virginia creeper. The C Fig. 2.1 Plant Grouping of Trees monotonous appearance of the housing present in the grass is Perennial Rye species. Around the present L estate. The footpaths are poured concrete and precast green, they are several trees (Sorbus acuparia) A concrete curbing with tarmac access roads. located beside the footpath. They are located 2 N C metres, either side, from lamp posts (they cannot Y be planted any closer due to underground service issues). B S c. H O R T. Fig. 2.3 Windsnap and Dieback Involving Acacia Species Fig. 2.4 Mower/Strimmer DamageFig. 2.2 Red Brick Housing with Slate Roofs, Plastic Down Piping; MinimalPersonalisation
  • -Layout Fig, 2.5 Sev- The site consists of several contours on all eral Group- ings of Trees sides and levels off into a plateau for the are majority of the space. The change in height Present. They from the level of the road can exceed one Do Not Help metre in places. This has lead to an issue the with low visibility from across the green and Visibility Is- poses a problem for drivers unaware of sue hidden obstacles/children at play. This issue of low visibility could nurture anti J social behaviour. Another problem is the O lack of legibility and permeability between S Foxborough Meadows/Hill and Foxborough E Downes Fig. (2.6). This drives a wedge in P the community and the issue of integration H needs to be addressed. A lack of identity and C contrast to other areas in Foxborough L residential estate is apparent. It is important A to address this issue to give a sense of Fig. 2.6 Lack of Visual Connection and Legibility Between Foxborugh Downes and N ownership to the local community and in Meadows C terms of legibility, to orientate a visitor to the Y estate. B S c. H O R Upon entering the estate, from T. a driver’s perspective, one’s view is blocked by the green and has zero visibility until turning the corner of the green. Also Foxborough Downes is hidden from view and there is no legibility in the layout indicating its location. The present design also lacks gravitation towards Foxborough Downes unless one lived there (Fig. 2.6).Fig. 2.7 Dirt Path Formed by Pedestrian Traffic Between Foxborough Hill andMeadows. Reason for Proposed Path Between the Two Estates. Fig. 2.8 Site Map Indicating Wind Exposure, Visibility And Legibility Issues
  • J O S E P H C L A NFig. 2.9 Visibility Issue From A Pedestrian’s Perspective While Using The Green. Fig. 2.10Visibility Issue From A Driver’s Perspective. Note Lack of Sight Towards Forborough Downes C and Especially Hills. Y B As the images show there are several apparent dangers with the current layout. From a driver’s perspective S there is a danger of not being able to see obstacles, other cars or more importantly, children at play (Fig. 2.10). c. The low visibility caused by the contoures of the main green present problems with legibility. Visually H Foxborough Downes and Meadows are hidden from view at the entrance to the estate. The lack of visibility O results in the space having no atmosphere of invitation for residents to use it. Foxborough Downes is alos R physically and visually isolated from the rest of the estate. There is no indication, legibility or connection to T. the main green (Fig. 2.8). Fig. 2.11Site Map Fig. 2.12 View From Cul De Sac End of Foxborough Downes Indicating Circulation and Visibility Issues
  • -Analytical Sketches As can be seen in Fig.2.13, there are no external views visible to the user from Foxborough Meadows/Hill. This gives a very enclosed sense to the estate. In all of the sketches, it is quite visible the heavy presence of rhythmn, repitition and lack of diversity in materials, in relation to the housing. There is no gravititation or focalisation present in the estate. In J Fig.2.16 and Fig. 2.15, the lack of O connection, visually, between Foxborough Fig. 2.18 View 2 S Downes and the rest of the estate, is quite EFig. 2.13 View 1 apparent. Also in Fig 2.14, It can be noted P H how the several groupings of trees present in the existing layout can exacerbate the C present visibility issue. This will be an L important point to consider when A re-designing the site. NFig. 2.14 View 4 C Y B S c. H O Fig. 2.16 View 3 R T. Fig. 2.15 View 6 Fig. 2.17 View 5
  • Site SituationThe site includes the main green adjoing Foxborough Hill and Meadows, and a small strip of green adjacent to Foxborough Downes (Fig. 2.11). TheGreen has low traffic and is usually only used by children/teenagers for playing sports. The green is also used in summer by families for sunbathing etc. The planting is minimal with few trees and it can be deducted that a large amount of maintenance is needed in terms of mowing by the size of the green and coverage of turf . The space has no apparent focalisation or gravitation points. In terms of traffic across the green, it is mostlyjustified as a short cut to access Foxborough Downes. There are no paths directing traffic or any elements framing/directing views. This has led to a few paths being carved into the grass over time from pedestrian traffic. The site is exposed to high wind speeds in two areas (Located on map) and this has led to wind snap and die back of planting. The soil is assumed to being fertile due to the high grass coverage. J 3. SWOT Analysis O S Social/Economic Movement Environment Planning EStrengths Strong Community Spirit, Used as pedestrian Inland, Space for improvement P H High Employment, shortcut, Sheltered in most locations, and customization Middle Class (Financially No “Crime Features”, C L secured) No focal points to attract A large crowds N CWeakness Lack of Integration between No direction of traffic, Frost damage, Sense of isolation between Y Meadows & Downes, No paths across green, Wind Tunnels, Foxborough Downes and B Lack of community Low pedestrian visibility Wind snap (Trees), Foxborough Meadows, S interaction from drivers High use of grass Lack of gravitation and c. (monoculture, low legibility in estate H diversity) O ROpportunities Organisation of community Installation of gravity/ Increase in plant diversity, High prospect of T. events, congregation points, Creation of micro climates, customizing existing Spirit willing, but lack Construction of adequate Natural wind breaks, space, take advantage of facilities pathways made from Use of hardy plants community spirit appropriate materialsThreats Further social isolation, low Damage to turf from high Tree damage, Lack of social integration usage of green, traffic, Health and safety issues, due to bad design, Increase of vandalism Injury to pedestrians(slip/ Pest and disease attraction of outside trip) colonisation due to residents leading to over relatively low resistance, use Sorbus acuparia fungus threat,
  • 1. Design Brief• To design an area that meets the needs of local residents• To create a site that will evolve over time J O S• To produce a design that results in low maintenance E P H• To keep the new residential “green” vandalism free C L A N• To bring greater connection between Foxborough C Fig. 1.1 Mood Image For Labyrinth Meadows/Hill and Foxborough Downes Y B• To increase social interaction S c.• For the area to increase and attract wildlife H O R• More specifically: T. o Football Pitch o Increase number of trees o Reduction of height level (increase visibility) o Seating o Path linking Foxborough Hill and Foxborough Meadows o Art/Sculpture o Labyrinth o Low Cost Fig. 1.2 Mood Image For Football Pitch
  • Design Objectives- To create space that is inclusive of all members of the community-To design a space that promotes biodiversity throughhabitat creation in the forms of hedgerows, woodland and sanctuaries J O S - To create a design that does not attract vandalism E through psychological deterrents and by: Habitat Creation Mood Image P H- Creating a sense of ownership within the community C L throufgh social interactions and the occurrence of Hedgerow Mood Image A personalisation within the space N C Y - To design a space that evolves over time with the B community of Foxborough Downes, Hill and S Meadows. c. H O R T. Positive Social Interactions Mood Image Design Statement “To design an area that acts as a gravitation point for the residents of Forborough Meadows, Hill and Downes, that encourages/maximizes positive social interactions and evolves with the community”.
  • PART TWODESIGN SOLUTION J O S E P H C L A N C Y B S c. H O R T.
  • 3. Design Proposal The propsed design aims to be one that is inclusive of all groups of people. From the young to old to people with ergonomic and mobility issues. This is done to ensure the space is used to maximum effect and to isolation or segregation within the community. This will be achieved through the presence of a variety of activities and facilities. The proposals desired intention is to generate a sense of ownership for the residents of foxborough. This is important to counter the effects of vandalism and to encourage the residents to lookafter the space themselves. The presence of a connection to the space will J also enhance the user experience to residents of Foxborough Meadows O and Downes. This will occur through allowing each resident to S E personalise the community space to a certain degree. P The deisgn will re-create the woodland edge and put a focus on H bio-diversity. This will be done to bring the residents into closer interaction with nature. It will also boost ecological values in the area. C This goal will be achieved through habitat recreation and by mimicing L natural relationships. A N Another priority of this design is to bring greater connection C between Foxborough Downes, Meadows and Hill. This is important Y to avoid the space becoming underused and the occurence of isolation Fig. 3.1 Rendered Plan of The Main Green within the community. This will be done through relationship building B activities held between the two greens. S c. H O R T. Fig. 3.5 DNA Inspiration Mood Image Fig. 3.4 Hedgerows Mood Fig. 3.3 Rendered Plan Image of Foxborough Downes Green Fig. 3.2 Rendered Plan Within Context of Surrounding Buildings
  • 4. Design Elelments -Congregation Space The congregation space (Fig. 3.6 and 4.1), is designed to encorage positive social interactions through seating, raised beds and layout of pathways. The seating areas bring the resident into view of the two green areas on the main green. This allows for passive surveillance and interaction between parents as their children play. This will increase safety and act as a deterrent to vandalism. The raised beds allow people with mobility and ergonomic issues to interact with J O plant material without straing themselves or risk causing S injury. The positioning of the raised beds and the E pathways also make the visitor move through and P experience the entire space, without being able to walk H through in one straight line. These pathways also help maximise the amount time a person C L spends in the space. A N C Y B Fig. 4.1 Sketch Montage of Congregation area. The Concrete Pathways Direct Traffic and S Connect the Two Greens. c. H O R T.Fig. 3.6 Congregation Space Congregation Area (From South East)
  • -Green Spaces There are two green spaces (Fig. 3.1, 3.8) located on the main green. These spaces are intended for use as an adventure playground/playspace and a football pitch. However, This design aims to evolve over time, so while a space has been given for a football pitch, no boundaries define it and there is no installed infrastructure (Fig. 4.3).This will allow for the space to accommodate other uses when the need for a space to play football is no longer needed. J O S E P H C L A N C Y Green Areas and Connections Highlighted B S c. H O R T.View Towards Congrgation Area (From West) Fig. 4.3 Sketch Montage of Green/ Sports Pitch. The Green is Designed With No Definitive Boundary or Infrastructure. This will Allow for the Green to Evolve Over Time as the Needs of the Residents of View Towards Green (From South East) Foxborough Change.
  • -Memory Walk/Raised Stepped Log Path This pathway (Fig. 4.2), that moves through the forest, consists of bricks/pavers with the names of residents carved into them, alongside a stepped log path. This path will evolve and increase over time. This design element will create a sense of ownership for the residents and act as a historic record of the estate. The reason for placing this element in the woodland is to counter vandalism. The woodland area is hidden from view through the dense canopy layer. By creating a space that records people and their friends J and families, it will encourage residents to take a stand against O vandalism and indeed deter residents from partaking in S vandalist activities. The walk also provides a path for children E to explore the forest with. It also satisfies the need of the P residents for a labyrinth. H C L A N C Y B S c. H Fig. 4.2 Sketch Montage of “Memory Trail”. The Memory O Trail Creates a Sense of Ownership and Evolves Over R Time. From a Landscape Feature to a Historic Record. T. Fig. 3.7 Woodland Area High- lightedView From Congregation Area Into Woodland
  • -Mounding -Hedgerows The mounding (Fig. 3.9, 4.7) will become a non-specified The purpose of the hedgerows (Fig. 3.9) in this area for play space and leisure activities. This design design is not only to guide peoples path, but to also incorporates three mounds. Two located on the main act as “eco-corridors”, connecting the shubberies green, while the other located on the Foxborough and woodland present in the design proposal. The Downes side (Fig. 4.6). These mounds will be planted hedgerows will increase the amount of life the space with sunflowers, which in turn will be arranged to form a can support and will bring residents into closer maze. Theses interaction with nature. sunflowers will be supported by a living willow frame (Fig. 4.7). The frame provides support and structure J during the winter months. Theses mounds are located O specifically to give ownership to different parts of the S estae. This will give rise to children’s games such as “king E of the hill” and “capture the flag”. The mounds also P double as labyrinths. H C L A N Fig. 3.9 Hedgerows and Moundings Highlighted C Y B Fig. 4.7 Sketch Montage of Mounding/Sunflower Labyrinth. S Mounded Labyrinths will be Positioned Near Each Side of c. the Foxborough Estate Creating a Sense of Ownership. These Mounds will Allow for Such Games as King of the Hill and H Capture the Flag. The Seedsaving Activities Associated With the O Sunflowers will Teach Responsibility to Children of the Estate. R T.Fig. 4.6 Foxborough Downes Green Sketch Montage. Notice The Mounding andLabyrinth Path Cut Into the Meadow Grass Partial Plan of Main Green And Mounding
  • -WoodlandThe woodland (Fig. 3.7, 4.4) included in this design provides an attractive destination for walkers and those wishing to escape urban/sub-urban life and seek solace. The woodland also acts as a barrier, sheltering visitors from the wind tunnel present by the corner of Foxborough Downes. The woodland provides not only shelter from the wind and the sun, but, over time, will become a habitat for wildlife. This provide the visitor with a sensory experience and will become an educational amenity for children as they J Fig. 4.4 Woodland Path Mood Image Ofamiliarize themselves with nature and natural relationships, S right on their doorstep. E Fig. 4.5 Grassland P-Meadowgrass Meadow Mood H To re-create the woodland edge and to save costs in relation Image to maintenance (mowing, etc), the design includes several C L areas, bordering the woodland, to be left uncut and to be View From Foxborough Meadows A allowed to naturally form into meadowgrasses (Fig. 4.5). N This will mean the said areas will only be cut once a year C at the end of the growing season. This will increase the Y presence of wildflowers and bio-diversity. From a design perspective, it will aid in the transtition from woodland to B S mown grass. c. H Fig. 3.7 O Woodland R Area High- T. lighted View From Foxborough Hill Cul De Sac
  • 5. Needs of Residents The residents require a space that brings greater connection and integration within their community. This space must be inclusive of all social groups. The propsed space must provide a series of spaces and Fig. 5.1 Sunflower Labyrinth Mood Image. The Sunflower Labyrinth(s) willactivities that maximise and encourage positive social Create a Space to Relax and a Space to Play for People of All Ages. interactions. The propsed design fulfils these requirements. It provides activities for walkers, nature enthusiasts, children, teenagers, hobby gardeners and for those J who simply want to relax within the space and O interact in positive social experiences with their Sneighbours (Fig. 5.1). These activities will encourage E residents to interact and co-operate with their P neighbours. The result of these activities will H strengthen and create relationships within the Ccommunity. For example, the mounds provide spaces L for children to play, the sunflowers and willow A planted there attract wildlife, each side of the estae N has its own mound, thus creating a sense of C ownership and the mounds double as labyrinths, Y providing a space for relaxation. B Not only are the spaces accessible, but they and S their adjacent paths are designed to maximise the c. amount of time a visitor spends in each space (Fig. 5.2). This increases the level and frequency of use. Fig. 5.2 Skecth Perspective From Within H The activities in each space also allow for interaction Congregation/Seating Area. Notice How the Paths O with the other. Example, the memory walk Direct Views and Traffic R T. connecting the two sides of the main green acts as a transitionary element, a play space and acts as a Fig. 5.3 Raised Bed Mood detterent to vandalism by creating a sense of Image. The Raised Beds Lo- ownership. cated in the Congregation Area The raised beds (Fig. 5.3) in the congregation will Add a Sensory area can be used in future years for a community Experience to Users. The Inclusion of Raised Beds in the garden. While it is not their intended purpose, they Design Opens up the Future can be used thus so, if the need arises. The same can Possibility of Them Being Used be said for the football pitch area. Without by Residents for a Community infrastructure (goalposts, cornerflags, etc) installed, Garden. This is However only it allows for the space to be converted easily in the a Suggestion, Should the Need future if desire dictates. That is the purpose and aim for a Community Garden Ever of this space, to evolve with the community. Arise.
  • 6. Pests and Disease and Propsed PlantingThe plants suggested for this design are all native (Fig. 6.1- 6.5), which in turn gives them an advantage over non-natives as they increase bio-diversity and are already suited to the region’s climate. The re-creation of the woodland edge will install a polyculture planting system. This will increase the planting schemes resistance to pest and disease. Several trees have been ommitted from selection due to present infections spreading in the country. These trees include Fig. 6.1 Hawthorn Hedgerow Fig. 6.2 Willow Hedgerow Sorbus acuparia (Rowan) and Aesculus hippocastanum J (Horse chestnut). Grass has also been removed around O S all planting areas to avoid strimmer and mower damage E to bark/trunks of trees caused by maintenace programs. P These wounds pose a significant opportunity for second- H ary infections to take hold. The proposed selction of whitethorn, hawthorn, willow and oak is justified by the Fig. 6.3 Bluebells (Woodland Undergrowth) C large number of invertebrates (up to 300 each) they can L A support. This will attract and incraese wildlife. N C7. Vandalism Y The congregation area has been centered in the space andoverlooks the football pitch and the play area. This allows B for passsive surveillance to act as a psychological deter- S c.rent. The surrounding houses also act as mediums of pas-sive surveillance. The location of the memory walk within Fig. 6.5 Quercus Pratrea H the woodland also gives a strong sense of ownership to O residents which will discourage them from participating Rin anti-social activities. The materials used are also robust T. and durable and will resist damage from vandals, if any should occur. The main hardscape materials are concrete and hoggin. Fig. 6.6 Woodland Mood Image Fig.6.4 Woodland Edge Fig. 7.1 Hoggin Pathways. Durable Material, Porous (Run Off), with an Attractive Appearance.
  • 8. Activities-Sports Will bring interaction between children/teenagers and their parents andincrease use of the space (Fig. 8.3). The presence of sport games taking place in the space will create a sense of community and help the users build relationships with their neighbours.-Seedsavers A seedsavers initiative (Fig. 8.1) involving the seeds of the sunflowers planted Fig. 8.1 Seedsaverson the mounds will provide a platform for children and there parents to interact J with one another and the parents of other children. At the end of each season, O the sunflowers are cut down and composted. The seeds are saved and collected S by the children and the parents and stored until the following year. Each child Fig. 8.4 Social Interactions Between Children E in the estae can plant their own sunflower on their street’s repective mound. P This creates a sense of ownership and resposibility for the children and allows H them to interact positively with the other children within the estate. C L-Walking A The space will provide a serious of attractive paths and routes for walkers to N experience (Fig. 8.5). From the open greens to the enclosed pathways of the C forest, hedgerows and labyrinth. The pathways also maixmise the amount of Y space a walker will spend in the space through curvin the pathways and B blocking straight routes throug spaces. The large open greens also provide S space for walking and excercising pets, dogs etc. Fig. 8.2 Ergonomic Gardening. Raised Beds. c. Fig. 8.3 Soccer Pitch Mood Image-Adeventure Playground H While the space for this activity is not defined there area series of elements O R which create opportunities for play throughout the design. This allows for the Fig. 8.5 Walkers/Pet owners T. children to use the space the way they imagine they can (Fig. 8.4). Conventional playgrounds restrict a child’s imagination and allow each play setonly a specific purpose. Children injure themselves when they use conventional playgrounds in ways they weren’t designed for. Adventure playgrounds have a lower accident rate then conventional playgrounds and allow for the child to test their limits and learn about their environment more effectively.-Raised Beds/Community Garden The raised beds (Fig. 8.2) in the congregation area allow for future use as a community garden. This will increase community interactions and provide a space for hobby gardeners. The raised beds also allow for this activity to be inclusive to members of the community with ergonomic and mobility issues. The use of the raised beds as a community garden will also create a sense of ownership for the space, helping dispel vandalism and increase frequency of use. The practice of composting through community involvement from these raised beds will also add a factor of sustainability.
  • 9. Phasing Phasing is important to the design as it will determine the spaces success as it evolves to its desired form. The first element for construction and installation will be the earthworks and hardscape. This will be done before the majority of planting is installed. This is done to ensure proper management of topsoil, avoid damage to existing MOUNDING plant material and to stop changes in the wtaer table post RAISED BEDS design by having to remediate poorly managed soil. Thesoil will be seeded when stored and shall not be piled more J than one metre high. This is stop compaction and to stop CONGREGATION AREA O colonization of weed seeds, which in the long run will S increase maintenace. The hardscape includes the E GREEN SPACE P installation of the hoggin pathways and the concrete H features. To stop the site looking unattractive during this period, A section of the woodland will be planted. This C will also help screen the construction from the view of L residents within their homes. The construction of the A mounds and hedgerows will alos take place during this CONCRETE N C stage. Following on from this stage, the planting will be Yfinished and the green areas seeded. The memory walk andraised beds will be constructed when funds allow following B these stages. S The development of the tree canopy within the c. woodland can be managed if desired by residents, to allow WOODLAND H more light and to restrict tree growth, improve sight. SPORTS PITCH/ O However, it is desireable to leave all cuttings on the R woodland floor. This will create habitats for invertebrates GREEN SPACE T. and increase wildlife. It will also add to the organic matter within the woodland. Species of trees can be swapped for smaller varieties if objections occur. But, if the canopy layer is left unmaintained and allowed todevelop naturally, it will increase the ecological value of the woodland and Foxborough itself. The meadowgrass will MEMORY TRAIL MEADOWGRASS/ be cut once a year at the end of each growing season. This WOODLAND EDGE will allow for wildflower colnization. The hedgerows can be cut twice a year, but it is preferred that they are only cut once to avoid habitat destruction. The hedgerows can be kept maintained or allowed, like the woodland, to developnaturally over time, obeying the laws of natural succession. Fig. 9.1 Colour Rendered Plan of the Main Green. Notice the Con- trast in Materials (Concrete vs. Grass), The Alternative Routes That Add Interest (Main Pathways, Woodland Path, Memory Trail) and the Direction of Traffic Flow Into the Congregation Area, That Draws Users In and Keeps Them There Through Seasonal Interest of the Raised Beds.
  • 10. Conclusion Through my analysis of the space, I have made various approaches and explored many proposed solutions. I feel the design solution adequately meets the needs of the residents of Foxborough Meadows, Hill and Downes. The space is inclusive of all groups of society and provides activities for positive social interactions. The space also creates a sense of ownership through several design elements which will helpdeter the occurrence of vandalism and also enhance the users J experience of the space by giving the area a sense of identity. Fig. 10.1 Sketch Perspective From the Entrance of The O Foxborough Meadows Estate The space provides spaces for various activities and habitats S to increase bio-diversity, this will create experiences E P between residents and nature while maintaining a very H important ecological function of habitat. The activities and spaces designed and provided will create greater connection C between residents in the estate by passive involvement in the L activities. The space will continue to meet the needs of the Fig. 10.5 Sketch Elevation (1) of Seating/Congregation Area A residents as it has several elements installed that can be N C manipulated and modified to evolve with the community Y over time. B S c. H O R Fig. 10.6 Sketch Elevation (2) of Seating/Congregation Area T. Fig. 10.4 Sketch Elevation of the Green Sloping up to the Congregation Area Fig. 10.2 Sketch of The Woodland Entrance Fig. 10.3 Sketch Perspective of Seating Within the Congregation Area
  • Scale Model Images Plan View J O S E P H C L A N C Y B Plan View of Fioxborough Downes Green S c. H O R T. Close- Partial Plan of Main Green And Mounding up Plan
  • J O S E P H C L A Aerial View From North East N CView Towards Congregation Area (From East) Y B S c. H O R T. View Towards Congregation Area (From South) View Towards Congregation Area From Foxborough Meadows