Working with Cheltenham Borough Council we had the pleasure of re-designing the very well known ‘Clarence Fountain’ at Boots Corner to create a new ‘pocket park’ in Cheltenham Town centre. The transformation of the existing Clarence Fountain was intended to create an attractive focal point of the area and an inviting place to socialise and relax. The main drivers in our design process were to improve biodiversity, air quality and implement inclusive seating for all ages and abilities.
In collaboration Cotswold Estates and Gardens we designed and fabricated a bespoke system to create a series of raised beds with seating. We used curvaceous and versatile forms throughout the design, to produce a tranquil but exploratory environment. With the 1950’s fountain at the centre of the project we kept the design sensitive to materials, the surrounding environment, along with the fabric and structure of the fountain itself.
The planting was carefully selected in line with the council’s #CheltenhamZero and Habitat Cheltenham aspirations. These initiatives focus on improving biodiversity across Cheltenham – something we are passionate about in all our work.
It has been wonderful to see the hugely positive response the project has received after completion. The inclusivity of the design has proven extremely valuable and effective, with all ages and abilities now able to enjoy the area. Seeing the way this project has created a revived energy around the historic fountain is a great demonstration of our belief that “no project is too small”.