Cheltenham has a brand new ‘pocket park’ at Clarence Fountain in the heart of the town centre.
Working with Cheltenham Borough Council and Cotswolds Estates and Gardens, we led the design process from feasibility to implementation. It opened on time and on budget last week.
The fountain is located at ‘Boot’s Corner’ a well known location within Cheltenham Town Centre.
Sociability and sustainability were the key drivers for the project. The fountain is now a place to meet, sit and dwell. There is improved seating including spaces for wheelchairs to make the area more inclusive.
The scheme reused existing trees and benches and sought to leave in situ as much material as possible. The space has been designed to increase biodiversity, improve air quality and visually improve the area.
Planting has been carefully selected in line with the council’s #CheltenhamZero ambitions and Habitat Cheltenham aspirations, which aim to create a network of biodiversity improvements across the town centre.
Cllr Max Wilkinson, cabinet member for economic development, culture, tourism and wellbeing, said: “It’s fantastic to see the completed project that will make a massive difference to our town centre.
The fountain is located a short walk from our Cheltenham office so you may well see us there one lunchtime.