Greenwich Millenium Village SquareEdit profile
Randle Siddeley Associates are the Landscape Architects for the public realm of the Greenwich Millenium Village. High quality landscape and open space is a key feature of the vision for this new district, a new urban village on the Greenwich Peninsula. Development is on a formerly contaminated industrial site to the south of the Millenium Dome now the O2 centre. Making the site pedestrian friendly is an important aspect of the ‘sustainable urban design’ ethos of the masterplan, to encourage journeys on foot and public transport use. The principle aim in the design of the square is to create a vibrant public space which becomes the heart and focus of the village. The concept is to continue themes established in early stages of the design on the peninsula. Strong axial geometry provides a framework within which there is native planting, for identity and ecology. The village square has a southerly aspect which is ideal in creating a space that can function throughout the year. The space is intended as a place that can provide opportunities for events as well as day to day informal use, forming a space that will be at the heart of the new community. The strategy for Public Realm reflected in the design is: Reinforce a hierarchy and make the routes and spaces of the site a legible network Connect the phased development together seamlessly. Create exciting and useful external spaces - which are well populated and active. Create an identity for the wider district village and for different places within it.