St Marys Gardens is a popular open space in an important historic setting, that is well used by local residents and nearby office workers. However, the garden area to the north of the church is neglected and underused. In partnership with St Marys Church, the Council’s Parks Service is developing proposals to improve the quality of this space in a way that reflects its historic and religious significance, increases its capacity for seating and events and makes a more inviting entrance to it from Upper Street.
We have appointed Robert Myers Associates (RMA) as landscape architects to prepare design proposals for enhancement of the site, working alongside sculptor and artist Harry Gray. A copy of RMA’s stage 2 report is available for download at the bottom of this page.
Funding for the project has been obtained from section 106 developer contributions from the nearby Almeida post office site.
We have started engagement work with local residents and park users and you can download documents summarising the findings below.
We have received preliminary advice from the local planning authority and also the diocesan committee as the land is owned by the church.
Further community consultation will be undertaken this autumn/ winter on developing design proposals prior to finalising details for submission of a planning/ listed building consent application next year.