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April 22, 2018


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First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Harrowden Turf

London Metropolitan University appoints acclaimed landscape architects to create landmark community campus

London Metropolitan University has appointed landscape architecture practice Gustafson Porter + Bowman to design a new public square within its Holloway campus. The design will transform the site and become a notable addition to the local area, providing the campus with a heightened sense of place. The Camden-based practice will work with University students, staff and the local community to create an engaging community space which will become a landmark within Islington.

The development follows plans announced by London Metropolitan University in 2015 to invest £125m into its Holloway campus as part of the ‘One Campus, One Community project’. Due for completion in 2019, Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s design will enhance the visual and sensory experience across campus, improve orientation and wayfinding, and strengthen links with the wider community. Furthermore, it will act as a central amenity space, providing events and exhibitions space for the University’s 13,000 staff and students.

Gustafson Porter + Bowman are renowned for creating original and engaging spaces in urban areas. Their work includes Swiss Cottage Open Space in Camden, Woolwich Squares in Greenwich, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London’s Hyde Park, and the redevelopment of Nottingham’s Old Market Square – winner of 13 awards including a Civic Trust Award and the Design Council’s CABE Award. Their appointment follows a competitive tendering process which included a panel of staff and students. The University will now hold a series of consultation events with students, staff, and the public, to hear views on how the space can be best developed and features they wish to see included.

The design and development of the square is due for completion in 2019 and will be developed within the University’s own Five Year plan and an existing masterplan, conceived by Design Engine Architects.

Neil Porter, founding partner at Gustafson Porter + Bowman, said: “We are delighted to be working with London Metropolitan University and Design Engine on their masterplan to transform the Holloway campus. The intention is to unify the disparate collection of existing buildings by providing a new square that acts as the destination and heart of campus life. The design will need to respond to the redevelopment of the surrounding building’s to ensure that the square forms part of a forward-looking and buzzing educational facility. We look forward to working with the University and the local community to develop our design.”

Vice Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, Professor John Raftery, said: “I’m delighted that the world class Gustafson Porter + Bowman will be working with us on this exciting and important project. We want the people of Islington to feel as much a part of London Met as our students and staff do. Creating a new shared public space at the heart of our campus will be a contribution to our community and better reflect our values as a university. We believe education should be available to all with the potential to succeed, and that universities must work with, and benefit their local communities.We believe this project has the potential to create a landmark space in Holloway, and I look forward to hearing from students, staff and local residents on their visions for the square.”

Gustafson Porter + Bowman is an award-winning landscape architecture practice which has received public acclaim for creating authentically engaging spaces within a global portfolio. The development of their design work has continuously pushed the boundaries of what constitutes the field of landscape design and is known for its sensual and sculptural features.

Spanning climate zones, geographical characters, historical and cultural backgrounds, their exciting and varied projects include The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, Zeytouneh Square in Beirut, Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the first ever landscape installation at the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Established in 1997, Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s designs draw inspiration from the uniqueness of places and are typified by the use of advanced computation tools in the development of topographical landforming.

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