Cheltenham's re-imagined Quadrangle plaza design approved
PUBLISHED: 11:57 24 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:57 24 September 2019
AWW Architects have worked closely with Tyler Grange Landscape Architects to develop the new plaza plans, which will create a softer edge between the Quadrangle and the Imperial Gardens
A design proposal for a new plaza space at the Quadrangle that will improve the relationship between the 1970s landmark and Imperial Square Gardens has been approved by Cheltenham Borough Council.
Following a planning committee meeting, the design was unanimously approved with one member commenting they were "really excited by these plans to enhance the town centre."
Located on the corner of Cheltenham's Imperial Square and Promenade, consent for the complete modernisation and refurbishment of the Quadrangle was granted in April 2018. Work has now started on the redevelopment following the appointment of Swindon-based Beard Construction as main contractor.
AWW Architects worked closely with Tyler Grange Landscape Architects to develop the new plaza plans, which will create a softer edge between the Quadrangle and the Gardens, helping to further open up the space. Retaining the spill-out external seating area for ground-floor restaurants from the original planning application, the design incorporates new landscaping which includes an undulating strip with a wavy retaining wall and scalloped lawn. This will help create more of a connection between the two spaces.
A key part of the proposal is the landscaping, with mature sweet gum and pear trees added to match those that are already near the Town Hall. The use of grasses and perennials will also help to soften the appearance of the plaza and, along with the undulating grassed area, create incidental seating spaces.
The path between the plaza and Town Hall is retained with both steps and a ramp providing universal access for the level change, as well as the potential for a route from the Quadrangle atrium to the plaza.
"We're delighted that the plaza plans have been unanimously approved and with such a positive reaction," said Paul Jenkins from SF Planning. "Following feedback from Cheltenham Borough Council on the original planning application, the entire project team worked with the tree and parks officers to ensure the new design creates a plaza space that the public can enjoy.
"We also consulted the Town Hall, Friends of Imperial Square Gardens and Art in the Park on the design. Removable display stands have been included to accommodate the latter.
"The re-imagined design has undoubtedly made improvements to not only how the plaza can be used but created an improved link between the Quadrangle and Imperial Square Gardens. The complete refurbishment of the Quadrangle is a hugely exciting project in Cheltenham and the plaza development is an important part of this."